Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson wrote in Nature, his statement of the principles of transcendentalism. 'I become a transparent eyeball'. Nature, published in 1836 when Emerson was thirty-three, is collected here with his book of observations on the English people; a famous sermon against administering communion in church; a sketch of his step-grandfather; the eulogy he delivered at the funeral of his Concord friend and neighbor Henry David Thoreau; twenty-three poems; and addresses, lectures, and essays on such subjects as slavery, self-reliance, and organized Christianity's obsession with the person of Jesus. These selections span Emerson's career as author and traveling lecturer, and chart his evolving thought - the concepts of the 'oversoul', individualism without egotism, and antimaterialism; a belief in intuition, independence, and "the splendid labyrinth of one's own perceptions.
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