Ralph Waldo Emerson Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems

ISBN-10: 0553213881
ISBN-13: 9780553213881
Edition: 1990
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Description: A new, wide-ranging selection of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most influential writings, this edition captures the essence of American Transcendentalism and illustrates the breadth of one of America’s greatest philosophers and poets. The writings featured  More...

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List price: $7.99
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

A new, wide-ranging selection of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most influential writings, this edition captures the essence of American Transcendentalism and illustrates the breadth of one of America’s greatest philosophers and poets. The writings featured here show Emerson as a protester against social conformity, a lover of nature, an activist for the rights of women and slaves, and a poet of great sensitivity. As explored in this volume, Emersonian thought is a unique blend of belief in individual freedom and in humility before the power of nature. “I become a transparent eyeball,” Emerson wrote in Nature, “I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.” Written over a century ago, this passage is a striking example of the passion and originality of Emerson’s ideas, which continue to serve as a spiritual center and an ideological base for modern thought.

Known primarily as the leader of the philosophical movement transcendentalism, which stresses the ties of humans to nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and essayist, was born in Boston in 1803. From a long line of religious leaders, Emerson became the minister of the Second Church (Unitarian) in 1829. He left the church in 1832 because of profound differences in interpretation and doubts about church doctrine. He visited England and met with British writers and philosophers. It was during this first excursion abroad that Emerson formulated his ideas for Self-Reliance. He returned to the United States in 1833 and settled in Concord, Massachusetts. He began lecturing in Boston. His first book, Nature (1836), published anonymously, detailed his belief and has come to be regarded as his most significant original work on the essence of his philosophy of transcendentalism. The first volume of Essays (1841) contained some of Emerson's most popular works, including the renowned Self-Reliance. Emerson befriended and influenced a number of American authors including Henry David Thoreau. It was Emerson's practice of keeping a journal that inspired Thoreau to do the same and set the stage for Thoreau's experiences at Walden Pond. Emerson married twice (his first wife Ellen died in 1831 of tuberculosis) and had four children (two boys and two girls) with his second wife, Lydia. His first born, Waldo, died at age six. Emerson died in Concord on April 27, 1882 at the age of 78 due to pneumonia and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

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Foreword
Introduction I.----
Commodity
Beauty
Language
Discipline
Idealism
Spirit
Prospects Early Essays and Lectures Pray Without Ceasing (1826)
Ethics (1837)
The American Scholar (1837)
Cherokee Letter (1838)
The Divinity School Address (1838)
From ESSAYS, FIRST SERIES (1841)
History Self-Reliance The Over-Soul Circles From Essays, Second Series (1844)
The Poet Experience Politics From Representative Men (1850)
Uses of Great Men Montaigne; or, the Skeptic Later Essays and Lectures Emancipationin the British West Indies (1844)
Woman (1855)
Thoreau (1862)
POEMS Concord Hymn The Rhodora Each and All Brahma Hamatreya The Snow-storm The Sphinx Ode: Inscribed to W.H. Channing Uriel Threnody Blight Terminus Poet Additional Reading

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