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The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Overview

Emerson, Alfred Kazin observes in his Introduction, "was a great writer who turned the essay into a form all his own." His celebrated essays--the twelve published in Essays: First Series (1841) and eight in Essays: Second Series (1844)--are here presented for the first time in an authoritative one-volume edition, which incorporates all the changes and corrections Emerson made after their initial publication.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674267206
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/1987
  • Series: Belknap Press Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 629,197
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Alfred R. Ferguson was, until his death, Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Alfred Kazin was Distinguished Professor of English, Emeritus, at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author and editor of many books, including, most recently, A Writer's America: Landscape in American Literature.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Essays: First Series

I. History

II. Self-Reliance

III. Compensation

IV. Spiritual Laws

V. Love

VI. Friendship

VII. Prudence

VIII. Heroism

IX. The Over-Soul

X. Circles

XI. Intellect

XII. Art

Essays: Second Series

I. The Poet

II. Experience

III. Character

IV. Manners

V. Gifts

VI. Nature

VII. Politics

VIII. Nominalist and Realist

Index

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