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The Papers of Thomas A. Edison

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, 864 pages

140 halftones, 32 line drawings

ISBN:
9781421400907
July 2011
$95.00

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The Papers of Thomas A. Edison

Losses and Loyalties, April 1883–December 1884

Volume 7

Full text of Vol. 7

Seeking to replicate the success of his New York electric central station throughout the United States and in Europe and Latin America, Thomas A. Edison vowed to become a "business man for a year." This bold decision began a remarkable transition period for America's greatest inventive thinker. The seventh volume of Edison's papers chronicles the profound changes in his professional and personal life, including the unexpected death of his wife. It concludes with Edison returning to the laboratory to develop new communications technology.

Paul B. Israel is director and editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers Project at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Louis Carlat and David Hochfelder are, respectively, managing editor and assistant editor for the project. Theresa M. Collins is the Edison Papers Project's associate director for outreach and development and has served as an editor since 1991.

"A mine of material... Scrupulously edited... No one could ask for more... A choplicking feast for future Edison biographers—well into the next century, and perhaps beyond."

"What is most extraordinary about the collection isn't necessarily what it reveals about Edison's inventions... It's the insight into the process."

"Those interested in America's technological culture can eagerly look forward to the appearance of each volume of the Edison Papers."

"His lucidity comes through everywhere... His writing and drawing come together as a single, vigorous thought process."

"A triumph of the bookmaker's art, with splendidly arranged illustrations, essential background information, and cautionary reminders of the common sources on which Edison's imagination drew."

"In the pages of this volume Edison the man, his work, and his times come alive... A delight to browse through or to read carefully."

"Beyond its status as the resource for Edison studies, providing a near inexhaustible supply of scholarly fodder, this series... will surely become a model for such projects in the future... The sheer diversity of material offered here refreshingly transcends any exclusive restriction to Edisonia."

"In its superabundance of detail — steely facts and figures, great plates of text riveted with nouns and graffitied with cryptic drawings (Edison was an untrained but natural draftsman) — the book has the same kind of physical impact as that which stuns you when you enter his laboratory in West Orange, N.J."

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