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Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    It is Emerson.

    I would have preferred a better quality edition for this classic material, but none seemed available.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Thanks for this book!

    The person to whom I sent this book, says he is enjoying it very much.
    He was not well acquainted with Emerson, so this is a treat for him!

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    highly recommeded - Always a good read!

    Excellent selection of R.W. Emerson's works. Great to have on the coffee table or on the shelf!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2001

    A series of inspirational essays

    'The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson¿ contains over 800 pages full of the writer¿s inspiration and beautifully crafted work. Gathered by Brooks Atkinson, it includes famous essays such as ¿Nature¿, ¿The Transcendentalist¿ and ¿The American Scholar¿. His collection of stories and brilliant essays reflect the principles that we follow every day. Having grown up in New England, Emerson is introduced to the beauty of Nature that he says few adults do see. He is also introduced to many other brilliant authors and their works, such as Nathanial Hawthorne, in the early nineteenth century. Emerson brings us along in his masterpieces to experience the world around us, and the significance of man and God. In ¿An Address¿, Emerson takes the relationship of man in a spiritual state of mind and relates him to God. He says: ¿If a man is at heart just, then in so far is he God; the safety of God, the immortality of God, the majesty of God do enter into that man with justice.¿ This is one of my favorite quotes from the book. He expresses the role of man, his thoughts and emotions, and how they are not limited to what he may be thought of, but how he himself feels about it. Emerson emphasizes and teaches us to obey ourselves through trust. In Emerson¿s First Essays, ¿The American Scholar¿ was presented as a speech at the Harvard Divinity School for the senior class of 1837. Emerson presents the students with the idea to create and invent with their numerous abilities. Emerson says that ¿colleges exist to teach elements, but can only better us if we use them not to drill, but to create.¿ ¿The American Scholar¿, known commonly even today, served as an influence to the students and received great enthusiasm. Emerson¿s elements and perspectives are taken to a whole new level as you read from his Second Essays and beyond. Emerson sends his ideas of creation and living to a new view. His character and firm tone in his writing perhaps made him one of the many inspirational authors of his time.

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