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Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems

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A new, wide-ranging selection of Ralph Waldo Emersons most influential writings, this edition captures the essence of American Transcendentalism and illustrates the breadth of one of Americas 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 Emersons ideas, which continue to serve as a spiritual center and an ideological base for modern thought.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Robert D. Richardson, Jr.

NATURE (1836)

Introduction

I.----

II.Commodity

III.Beauty

IV.Language

V.Discipline

VI.Idealism

VII.Spirit

VIII.Prospects

EARLY ESSAYS AND LECTURES

Pray Without Ceasing (1826)

Ethics (1837)

The American Scholar (1837)

Cherokee Letter (1838)

The Divinity School Address (1838)

From ESSAYS, FIRST SERIES (1841)

History

Self-Reliance

The Over-Soul

Circles

From ESSAYS, SECOND SERIES (1844)

The Poet

Experience

Politics

From REPRESENTATIVE MEN (1850)

Uses of Great Men

Montaigne; or, the Skeptic

LATER ESSAYS AND LECTURES

Emancipation in the British West Indies (1844)

Woman (1855)

Thoreau (1862)

POEMS

Concord Hymn

The Rhodora

Each and All

Brahma

Hamatreya

The Snow-storm

The Sphinx

Ode: Inscribed to W.H. Channing

Uriel

Threnody

Blight

Terminus

Poet

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553213881
Author:
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Publisher:
Bantam Classics
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
History - 19th Century
Subject:
History & Surveys - 19th Century
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
no. 13
Publication Date:
19900931
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.88x4.18x.95 in. .56 lbs.

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