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Emerson in Concord (1889) by Edward Waldo Emerson (Willis Collection)

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Edward Waldo Emerson, son of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Lidian Jackson Emerson, graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1874, and practiced medicine in Concord until 1882, when he received an inheritance and retired from his practice. He was an instructor in art anatomy at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts from 1885 to 1906. He was also an accomplished equestrian.

Emerson was superintendent of schools in Concord and on the board of health and the cemetery and library committees. He was a founding member of the Concord Antiquarian Society (now called the Concord Museum) and a member of the Social Circle in Concord.

This book is from the collection of Lonnie L. Willis.

Lonnie L. Willis was a Professor of English and American literature at Boise State University from 1970 until 2004. He published short fiction, scholarly articles on Henry David Thoreau, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert B. Parker and others, and two books, Red, White, and Dead and The True Adventures of a Texas Sharecropper Kid. He was a long-time member of the Thoreau Society and contributed several articles to the Thoreau Society Bulletin, including “Please, Sir, Would You Sign My Book to Henry David Thoreau?” in Fall 2002 about his collection of first edition books signed by nearly 100 authors. His lifelong infatuation with Henry David Thoreau started with his PhD thesis about Thoreau at University of Colorado in the 1960s and continued throughout his teaching career.  

His full obituary is at this link:

This book was donated by Willis's family. Purchase of this item supports Thoreau Farm Trust (TFT) and the preservation of Henry David Thoreau’s Birthplace.