This book is the sixth volume in the 1904 Riverside Press's Concord Edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's collected works. This volume contains images of Emerson and his work "The Conduct of Life." The works were compiled and edited by Ralph Waldo Emerson's son, Edward Waldo Emerson.
This book is the first volume in the 1903 Riverside Press's Centenary Edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's collected works. This volume contains a biographical sketch of Emerson and his work "Nature: Addresses and Lectures." The works were compiled and edited by Ralph Waldo Emerson's son, Edward Waldo Emerson.
Representative Men contains seven essays, the first of which discusses the role great men play in society. The remaining six essays extoll the virtues of six men whom Emerson deemed great: Plato, Emanuel Swedenborg, Michel de Montaigne, William Shakespeare, Napoleon, and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Nature contains the essence of Emerson's transcendental philosophy in which the world of phenomena is seen as symbolic of the inner life, and individual freedom and self-reliance are emphasized. Emerson's addresses apply his doctrine to scholars, clergymen, and others.