Emerson's Essays: 1st and 2nd Series

Emerson's Essays: 1st and 2nd Series

by Ralph Waldo Emerson
     
 
This version of Emerson's Essays is an historic 1909 edition.

The first series is full of classic essays, including HISTORY, SELF-RELIANCE, COMPENSATION, SPIRITUAL LAWS, LOVE, FRIENDSHIP, PRUDENCE, HEROISM, THE OVER-SOUL, CIRCLES, INTELLECT, and ART

The second series of essays, which complete this volume, was published in 1844, three years after the

Overview

This version of Emerson's Essays is an historic 1909 edition.

The first series is full of classic essays, including HISTORY, SELF-RELIANCE, COMPENSATION, SPIRITUAL LAWS, LOVE, FRIENDSHIP, PRUDENCE, HEROISM, THE OVER-SOUL, CIRCLES, INTELLECT, and ART

The second series of essays, which complete this volume, was published in 1844, three years after the first. Already then there were signs that, the men of insight apart, the outer world was beginning to take heed of the new essayist. This series includes The Poet, which expresses the need for the United States to have its own new and unique poet to write about the new country's virtues and vices, Experience, which speaks out against the effort to overintellectualize life-and particularly against experiments to create utopias, Character, Manners, Gifts, Nature, Politics, which shows Emerson's belief that civilization is only beginning and can reach unfathomable places through moral force and creative intelligence, Nominalist and Realist, and the lecture New England Reformers given at Armory Hall, in which Emerson states, "Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner, or before taking their rest; when they are sick, or aged: in the morning, or when their intellect or their conscience have been aroused, when they hear music, or when they read poetry, they are radicals."

The reader should remember that the essays were in the first instance intended to be spoken aloud in public, and not to be mere written and printed utterances. Composed like the sentences of the old peripatetic philosophers, Emerson s prose affords perhaps the nearest approach to their method in our modern literary order.

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ISBN-13:
2940014830058
Publisher:
Balefire Publishing
Publication date:
08/21/2012
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358
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Meet the Author

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, Nature. Following this ground-breaking work, he gave a speech entitled The American Scholar in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. considered to be America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence".

Emerson wrote on a number of subjects, never espousing fixed philosophical tenets, but developing certain ideas such as individuality, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world. Emerson's "nature" was more philosophical than naturalistic; "Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul."

Emerson's work has greatly influenced the thinkers, writers and poets that have followed him. When asked to sum up his work, he said his central doctrine was "the infinitude of the private man." Emerson is also well known as a mentor and friend of fellow Transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau.

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