Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 26, 2006 - Literary Collections - 416 pages
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A new, wide-ranging selection of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most influential writings, this edition captures the essence of American Transcendentalism and illustrates the breadth of one of America’s greatest philosophers and poets.

The writings featured here show Emerson as a protester against social conformity, a lover of nature, an activist for the rights of women and slaves, and a poet of great sensitivity. As explored in this volume, Emersonian thought is a unique blend of belief in individual freedom and in humility before the power of nature. “I become a transparent eyeball,” Emerson wrote in Nature, “I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.” Written over a century ago, this passage is a striking example of the passion and originality of Emerson’s ideas, which continue to serve as a spiritual center and an ideological base for modern thought.


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Contents

Foreword by Robert D Richardson Jr
1
Introduction
15
Beauty
21
Language
27
Discipline
33
Idealism
39
Spirit
47
Pray Without Ceasing 1826 59
58
The Poet
207
Experience
229
Politics
253
Uses of Great Men 269
268
Montaigne or the Skeptic
287
Emancipation in the British West Indies 1844 311
309
Woman 1855
338
Thoreau 1862
351

Ethics I837
70
The American Scholar I837
83
Cherokee Letter 1838 _
103
History 129
127
SelfReliance
150
The OverSoul
175
Circles
193
POEMS
364
Concord Hymn
372
The SnowStorm
379
Uriel
387
Blight
396
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 —1882) was a renowned lecturer and writer, whose ideas on philosophy, religion, and literature influenced many writers, including Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. After an undergraduate career at Harvard, he studied at Harvard Divinity School and became an ordained minister, continuing a long line of ministers in his family. He traveled widely and lectured, and became well known for his publications Essays and Nature.


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