Originally published anonymously, Nature was the first modern essay to recommend the appreciation of the outdoors as an all-encompassing positive force. Emerson’s writings were recognized as uniquely American in style and content, and launched the idea of going for a walk as a new way of looking at the world.
Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves – and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives – and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - GlennBell - LibraryThing
I found Emerson to be naive. His understanding of science was evidently pre Darwinian. He seems to think that the world was made for us and he does not understand the fact that we are creatures of nature. Basically most of what he says is incorrect. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Mary_Overton - LibraryThing
Emerson’s swoony, romantic language disguises his pragmatic vision of Nature - that it can be investigated by science and that the personifications we attribute to it are projections of our human ... Read full review