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About Mary Moody Emerson
Mary Moody Emerson, aunt of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Mary Moody Emerson wrote thousands of letters and journal entries, and she authored an essay on the “importance of imagination in religious life” published in The Monthly Anthology, a journal her brother William edited. Mary Emerson filled her diary, her “Almanack,” with everything from detailed accounts of the quotidian to complex political, philosophical, and religious issues. In his biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert D. Richardson claims that Mary Emerson’s writing has been “shamefully ignored,” for her influence on her nephew’s thought and writing was immense.