"Aligning Emerson and Thoreau with exploration narratives by Lewis and Clark, Pike, and others, "West of Emerson" realigns the standard map of regional American literature. Focusing on New England, it reorients our understanding of the literature of the west. Fresonke writes with grace and wit and sees the rhetoric of both manifest destiny and New England Transcendentalism with new eyes."--Brook Thomas, author of "American Literary Realism and the Failed Promise of Contract"