Back to listAug 26, 2006

Mainichi Newspapers to Release Dialogue Among SGI President and Thoreau Scholars

Professors Ronald Bosco (left) and Joel Myerson (center) and Mr. Ikeda (right) explore the poetic heart, philosophy and human love in their dialogue (Soka University, Hachioji, Tokyo, May 2001)

The Mainichi Newspapers publishing company will soon release Utsukushiki seimei--chikyu to ikiru ("Renaissance of Life, Light of Poetic Heart"-working English title), a dialogue among SGI President Daisaku Ikeda and Thoreau Society's former President Ronald A. Bosco and former Board of Directors Secretary Joel Myerson. The three explore the lofty spirituality of American Renaissance writers Henry David Thoreau (1817-62) and Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) that had far reaching influence on world trends not only in literature and education, but also on Mahatma Gandhi's (1869-1948) philosophy of nonviolent resistance and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s (1929-68) civil rights movement.

The book is a revised and restructured version of an 18-installment dialogue series published in the educational magazine Todai, from August 2004 through January 2006.

Professor Bosco, who is currently professor of English and American literature at the University of Albany, State University of New York, is a distinguished Thoreau authority. Professor Joel Myerson, also a leading Thoreau authority, is former president of the Emerson Society and Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor of the University of South Carolina.

Utsukushiki seimei--chikyu to ikiru ("Renaissance of Life, Light of Poetic Heart"-working English title)

In the foreword, Mr. Ikeda writes that the dialogue is an attempt to tap the wellspring of Thoreau's and Emerson's rich spirituality and glean a universal message for humanity living in the 21st century.

[Established 65 years ago in 1941, the Thoreau Society is the largest and oldest society in the world devoted to the legacy of an American author. Its mission is to "honor Henry David Thoreau by stimulating interest in and fostering education about his life, works, and philosophy and his place in his world and ours, by coordinating research on his life and writings, by acting as a repository for Thoreauviana and material relevant to Henry David Thoreau, and by advocating for the preservation of Thoreau Country." (From the society's home page, located at:].

Retailing for 1,400 yen (tax included), Utsukushiki seimei--chikyu to ikiru will be available beginning August 30 at major bookstores and book corners at Soka Gakkai centers throughout Japan.