The Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1843-1871, Volume 1

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University of Georgia Press, 2001 - Speeches, addresses, etc - 366 pages
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Contents

Preface
ix
Historical and Textual Introduction
xvii
The Genius and National Character
7
The Trade of New England
19
New England Genius Manners and Customs
39
New England Recent Literary
57
Address to the Temperance Society at Harvard Massachusetts
71
Discourse Read Before the Philomathesian Society of Middlebury College
81
The Relation
152
The Tendencies
173
on the Fugitive Slave Law 3 May 1851
259
The AngloAmerican 7 December 1852
277
Poetry and English Poetry 10 January 1854
296
Seventh of March Speech on the Fugitive Slave Law 7 March 1854
333
An Address to the Adelphic Union of Williamstown College
348
Copyright

The Spirit of the Times 15 February 1848
101

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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 due to pneumonia and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

Joel Myerson (born 1945) is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature at the University of South Carolina. He has edited many books about the works of such American literary figures as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman.

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