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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 25th, 1803, the son of Ruth Haskins and the Rev. William Emerson, a Unitarian minister. Emerson was the second of five sons who survived into adulthood.His father died before Emerson was eight and the young boy was raised by his mother and other female members of the family.Emerson's formal schooling began at the Boston Latin School in 1812 when he was 9. In October 1817, at 14, Emerson went to Harvard College. He did not excel as a student but was elected Class Poet in his senior year which required him, as was the custom, to present an original poem on Harvard's Class Day, a month before his graduation on August 29th, 1821. In...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    In 1834, Ralph Waldo Emerson, formerly a Unitarian minister, began a new career as a public lecturer. Many of those lectures formed the source material for his essays. Nature (1836), his first published work, contained the essence of his transcendental philosophy, which involved viewing the world of natural phenomena as a symbol of the inner life and emphasizing individual freedom and self-reliance. This collection contains eleven of his most celebrated and memorable essays from this period: Self-Reliance, Nature, Circles, Friendship, Heroism, Prudence," "Compensation," "Gifts," "Manners," "Shakespeare; Or, the Poet," and "The American...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    The great writings of American transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) are not some distant ponderings on life - they are works of the highest practicality, intended to supply guidance and daily help. Emerson's ideas arose from his simple observations of human existence, with all its pitfalls and possibilities. Reading and listening to Emerson brings the wisdom of the ages down to earth. This collection is drawn from his most practical and best-loved works. Each points you toward better and fuller ways of living. 1. 'Success' 2. 'Compensation' 3. 'Self-Reliance' 4. 'Spiritual Laws' 5....read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Here in one volume are both the Essays: First Series and Essays: Second Series from one of the most influential philosophers in American history. Although Ralph Waldo Emerson, perhaps America’s most famous philosopher, did not wish to be referred to as a transcendentalist, he is nevertheless considered the founder of this major movement of nineteenth-century American thought. Emerson was influenced by a liberal religious training; theological study; personal contact with the Romanticists Coleridge, Carlyle, and Wordsworth; and a strong indigenous sense of individualism and self-reliance. Emerson’s best work was done between 1836 and 1860, a period which includes his famous...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    In his lifetime, Ralph Waldo Emerson was the most widely known man of letters in America, establishing himself as a prolific poet, essayist, popular lecturer, and advocate of social reforms. He was considered one of the great orators of the time, and his enthusiasm and respect for his audience enraptured crowds. As a poet and philosopher, he led the Transcendentalist movement, which professes the belief that everything in ouf world is a microcosm of the universe, and in the infinitude of individual man. Emerson developed the ideas of individuality, freedom, the ability for mankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world. One of his...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    En su vida, Ralph Waldo Emerson fue el hombre de letras más conocido de América, estableciéndose como un prolífico poeta, ensayista, conferenciante popular y defensor de las reformas sociales. Fue considerado uno de los grandes oradores de la época, y su entusiasmo y respeto por su audiencia cautivó a las multitudes. Como poeta y filósofo, lideró el movimiento trascendentalista, que profesa la creencia de que todo en el mundo es un microcosmos del universo, y en la infinitud del hombre individual. Emerson desarrolló las ideas de individualidad, libertad, la capacidad de la humanidad de realizar casi cualquier cosa, y la relación entre el alma y el mundo que la rodea. Uno de sus...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Na sua vida, Ralph Waldo Emerson foi o homem de letras mais conhecido na América, estabelecendo-se como um poeta prolífico, ensaísta, conferencista popular, e defensor das reformas sociais. Era considerado um dos grandes oradores da época, e o seu entusiasmo e respeito pelo seu público entusiasmou multidões. Como poeta e filósofo, liderou o movimento Transcendentalista, que professa a crença de que tudo no mundo é um microcosmo do universo, e na infinidade do homem individual. Emerson desenvolveu as ideias de individualidade, liberdade, a capacidade da humanidade de realizar quase tudo, e a relação entre a alma e o mundo circundante. Um dos seus ensaios mais conhecidos é...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Ralph Waldo Emerson fue un pastor, ensayista y poeta nacido en Boston, Massachusetts, en 1803. Emerson es el máximo representante del trascendentalismo, una corriente filosófica que impulsa el individualismo, y denuncia la presión de la sociedad sobre el desarrollo personal. Durante sus 78 años de vida, Emerson dio casi 1,500 conferencias en distintas partes de los Estados Unidos, sobre este tema. Auto-Confianza es una compilación de algunos de sus más importantes ensayos, los que el propio Emerson colocó bajo ese nombre. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a pastor, essayist and poet born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1803. Emerson is the most important representative of transcendentalism, a...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Redefining the classic essay, this modern edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most famous work, Self-Reliance, includes self-reflections from both historical and contemporary luminaries. With quotes from the likes of Henry Ford and Helen Keller to modern-day thought leaders like Jesse Dylan, Steve Pressfield, and Milton Glaser, we’re reminded of the relevance of Emerson’s powerful words today. Emerson’s words are timeless. Persuasive and convincing, he challenges readers to define their own sense of accomplishment and asks them to measure themselves against their own standards, not those of society. This famous orator has utter faith in individualism and...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    This modern version of Ralph Waldo Emerson's classic was created to reach a larger and more contemporary audience. The work has been edited to appeal to a wider range of experience and expression. The book is so full of wisdom but we simply don't speak the same way anymore. This book has been upgraded to better reflect a more current vernacular - All the pronouns have been changed from simply he/him to they/them. This edition is edited to be more relevant to today’s terminology and vernacular. As little as possible was modified in order to convey the author’s original intent. Mostly what was changed were the pronouns he, she, him and her but a few other modifications were made...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    From the spiritual to the economic, Emerson s Self-Reliance details the various aspects of a man s ability to rely on himself for survival. This 19th century essay resolutely supports Emerson s life-long belief in individualism and encourages mankind to pass over practices like conformity and false consistency for following intuition and instincts instead. Rather than promoting ideas of anti-society, Emerson asserts self-reliance is a starting point for a more efficient society, and not an end...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    In an 1841 essay, American transcendentalist philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered a stirring call for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency and to follow their own instincts and ideas. It contains one of Emerson's most famous quotations: A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." Self-Reliance, possibly Emerson's most famous essay, is an investigation into the nature of the "aboriginal self on which a universal reliance may be grounded." It was first published in his 1841 collection, Essays: First Series. Emerson helped start the beginning of the Transcendentalist movement in...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    In The Poet, an essay by U.S. writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, the author expresses the need for the United States to have its own new and unique poet to write about the new country's virtues and vices. It is not about men of poetical talents, or of industry and skill in meter, but of the true poet. After reading the essay, Walt Whitman consciously set out to answer Emerson's call. When the 1855 edition of Leaves Of Grass was first published, Whitman sent a copy to Emerson, whose letter in response helped launch the book to success. In that letter Emerson called the collection the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    The American Scholar was a speech given by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1837, to the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Harvard College. Emerson argues that American culture, still heavily influenced by Europe, could build a new, distinctly American cultural identity. Emerson uses Transcendentalist and Romantic points of view to explain a true American scholar's relationship to nature. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. declared this speech to be America's Intellectual Declaration of Independence. Building on the growing attention he was receiving from the essay Nature, this speech solidified Emerson's popularity and weight in...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Circles is an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson, first published in 1841. The essay reflects on the vast array of circles one may find throughout nature, and what is suggested by these circles in philosophical terms. In the opening line of the essay Emerson states The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Essays: Second Series, is a series of essays written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, published in 1844, concerning transcendentalism. This book contains 9 essays: The Poet, Experience, Character, Manners, Gifts, Nature, Politics, Nominalist and Realist, New England Reformers. Artist Bio Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of his age. He was a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Follow the thoughts of essayist, poet and American Transcendentalism founder Ralph Waldo Emerson as he discovered his own belief system in the anthology 'Self-Reliance .' In 'Self-Reliance,' Emerson explained that standing on one's own two feet against society was essential to forming a strong union with God. Once this essay was published, it received both wild praise and hurtful backlash from different factions of America. However, Emerson pushed through the negative criticism, stood against the crowd, and found himself stronger in his faith than he ever had before. Emerson found that self-reliance, no matter the situation, would always help the individual persevere and become stronger....read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    In Gifts Ralph Waldo Emerson muses on the function of and expectations surrounding the giving of gifs. He touches on what gifts communicate about the nature of the giver and receiver, and how the best kind of gift is a gift of...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    In Manners, Ralph Waldo Emerson expounds on the meaning of customs and politeness in civil society. He argues that the purpose of manners is more to facilitate the creation and proper working of society, and not to establish...read more

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Self-Reliance is an 1841 essay written by American transcendentalist philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. It contains the most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes: the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson's most famous quotations: 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.' This essay is an analysis into the nature of the “aboriginal self on which a universal reliance may be grounded.” Emerson emphasizes the importance of individualism and its effect on an individual's satisfaction in...read more