The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Alfred Riggs Ferguson, Jean Ferguson Carr
Harvard University Press, 1987 - History - 378 pages
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Emerson, Alfred Kazin observes in his Introduction, "was a great writer who turned the essay into a form all his own." His celebrated essays--the twelve published in Essays: First Series (1841) and eight in Essays: Second Series (1844)--are here presented for the first time in an authoritative one-volume edition, which incorporates all the changes and corrections Emerson made after their initial publication.
  

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It is a great pleasure to read these essays in a book. Of course, they can be found online, but reading them in a printed book, on paper between covers, is a great pleasure, and this edition from Belknap Press leaves nothing to be desired. Read full review

Contents

History i vn Prudence
129
SelfReliance 25 VIII Heroism
143
in Compensation 53 ix The OverSoul
157
Spiritual Laws 75 x Circles
177
Friendship 111 xn Art
207
SECOND SERIES
219
Experience
243
in Character
269
Manners
287
vn Politics
333
VHI Nominalist and Realist
349
Index
365
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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.

Alfred R. Ferguson was Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Lucille M. Schultz is a professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of "The Young Composers: Composition's Beginnings in Nineteenth-Century Schools," winner of the 2000 Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association of Ohio.
Jean Ferguson Carr, an associate professor of English and women's studies at the University of Pittsburgh, is the coeditor of the Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture.
Stephen L. Carr is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.

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