The Spiritual Emerson: Essential Writings

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) is known best in the twenty-first century as a literary innovator and early architect of American intellectual culture, but his writings still offer spiritual sustenance to the thoughtful reader. The Spiritual Emerson, originally published on the two hundredth anniversary of the writer's birth, brings together the writings that articulate Emerson's spiritual vision and promise the greatest relevance to today's reader.
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Overview

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) is known best in the twenty-first century as a literary innovator and early architect of American intellectual culture, but his writings still offer spiritual sustenance to the thoughtful reader. The Spiritual Emerson, originally published on the two hundredth anniversary of the writer's birth, brings together the writings that articulate Emerson's spiritual vision and promise the greatest relevance to today's reader.
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Editorial Reviews

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'A guided anthology that takes the reader through Emerson's own spiritual evolution.'--Robert D. Richardson, Jr., author of Emerson: The Mind on Fire

'It is a great service of this book that it traces [Emerson's] spiritual development . . . [It] is also valuable in establishing the full texture and subtlety of Emerson's much-misunderstood notion of self-reliance and nonconformity.'--Richard Higgins, Boston Globe

'This collection brings together for the first time Emerson's most important writings on spiritual themes, along with a discerning and eminently readable introduction by one of the foremost authorities on Emerson's religious thought.'--Lawrence Buell, Harvard University, author of Literary Transcendentalism and Emerson

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807077191
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Robinson is the author of numerous books, including Emerson and the Conduct of Life and Apostle of Culture: Emerson as Preacher and Lecturer. He is Oregon Professor of English and Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Emerson's Spiritual Principles 1
Nature (1836) 21
The Divinity School Address (1838) 63
Self-Reliance (1841) 83
Compensation (1841) 110
The Over-Soul (1841) 131
Circles (1841) 150
Experience (1844) 164
The Fugitive Slave Law (1854) 189
Worship (1860) 207
Essential Principles of Religion (1862) 231
Character (1866) 242
Notes to the Introduction 261
Suggestions for Further Reading 264
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