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Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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ISBN-10: 0679783229

ISBN-13: 9780679783220

Edition: 2000 (Annual)

Authors: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mary Oliver, Brooks Atkinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson

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This volume contains a selection of the writing's of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/12/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 880
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
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 due to pneumonia and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

Mary Oliver was born in Maple Heights, Ohio on September 10, 1935. She attended Ohio State University and Vassar College, but did not receive a degree. Her first collection of poems, No Voyage and Other Poems, was published in 1963. Her other works include White Pine, West Wind, Why I Wake Early, Thirst, Red Bird, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems, A Thousand Mornings, and Blue Horses: Poems. She has won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize for American Primitive, the Christopher Award and the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award for House of Light, and the National Book Award for New and Selected Poems. Her books of prose include A Poetry Handbook, Blue Pastures, Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse, and Long Life: Essays and Other Writings. She held the Catharine Osgood Foster Chair for Distinguished Teaching at Bennington College from 1995 to 2001.

Introduction
Nature the American Scholar an Address the Transcendentalist the Lord’s Supper Essays: First Series
History Self-Reliance Compensation Spiritual Laws Love Friendship Prudence Heroism The Over-Soul Heroism Intellect Art
Essays: Second Series
The Poet Experience Character Manners Gifts Nature Politics Nominalist and Realist New England Reformers
Plato: or, the Philosopher Napoleon: or, the Man of the World English Traits
First Visit to England
Voyage to England
Land
Race
Ability
Manners
Truth
Character
Cockayne
Wealth
Aristocracy
Universities
Religion
Literature
The “Times”
Stonehenge
Personal
Result
Speech at Manchester
Conduct of Life
Wealth Culture
Society and Solitude Farming Poems
Good-bye The Problem Uriel
The Rhodora
The Humble-Bee
The Snow-storm Ode Forbearance Forerunners Give All to Love Threnody Concord Hymn May-Day
The Adirondacs Brama Merlin’s Song Hymn Days Character Walden Lines to Ellen Self-Reliance Webster
Ezra Ripley, D.D. Emancipation in the British West Indies the Fugitive Slave Law John Brown the Emancipation Proclamation Thoreau Abraham Lincoln Carlyle
Commentary Reading Group Guide