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ISBN-10: 0395980755

ISBN-13: 9780395980750

Edition: 2003

Authors: Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Carlos Rowe, Margaret Fuller, Paul Lauter

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The first book of its kind to pair the writings of Emerson and Fuller, this text plays a major role in illuminating the contributions of both men and women to American Transcendentalism. In addition to a generous selection of Emerson's essays, the complete text of Margaret Fuller's Woman in the Nineteenth Century, and a selection of Fuller's dispatches from Europe, the volume contains copious contextualizing footnotes and an excellent introduction. Readers also explore the struggles of both writers to change their views in response to political changes of the times.
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List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: CENGAGE Learning
Publication date: 4/25/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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 and is buried in Sleepy Hollow.

About This Series
A Note on the Texts
Selected Essays
Nature (1836)
"The American Scholar" (1837)
"Letter to Martin Van Buren" (April 23, 1838)
"An Address Delivered before the Senior Class in Divinity College" (July 15, 1838)
"Self-Reliance" (1841)
"Circles" (1841)
"Man the Reformer" (January 25, 1841)
"The Transcendentalist" (January, 1842)
"Politics" (1844)
"Experience" (1844)
"The Poet" (1844)
"An Address ... on ... the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies" (August 1, 1844)
"The Fugitive Slave Law" (March 7, 1854)
"Woman" (September 20, 1855)
"American Civilization" (January 1, 1862)
"Thoreau" (1862)
Selected Poems
"Each and All" (1834/1839)
"Concord Hymn" (1837)
"Ode, Inscribed to W. H. Channing" (1846/1847)
"Waldeinsamkeit" (1857/1858)
"Boston Hymn" (1863)
"Voluntaries" (1863)
Woman in the Nineteenth Century and Selected Dispatches from Europe, 1846-1850
Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845)
Selected Dispatches from Europe, 1846-1850
Works Cited
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