Essays

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Echo Library, 2006 - Education - 180 pages
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With a full introduction, these essays range across scholarship, self-reliance, heroism, Shakespeare, manners and gifts

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Wow, what a gift Google has given the viewing public. These essays are truly a blessing. Be humbled lucky navigator. I've been reading these all on and off since high school (10 years or so.) I highly recommend the 'Compensation' essay. Nature is ok. 'American Scholar' is fantastic. 'Intellect' is interesting and powerful as well. Read slowly or you may miss a piece of knowledge, nearly every sentence has one or two. Enjoy and post additional comments and suggestions for other lucky reads that visit! 

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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.

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