Essayist, poet, and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) propounded a transcendental idealism emphasizing self-reliance, self-culture, and individual expression. The six essays and one address included in this volume, selected from Essays, First Series (1841) and Essays, Second Series (1844), offer a representative sampling of his views outlining that moral idealism as well as a hint of the later skepticism that colored his thought. In addition to the celebrated title essay, the others included here are "History," "Friendship," "The Over-Soul," "The Poet," and "Experience," plus the well-known and frequently read Harvard Divinity School Address.
He was an ordained minister, renowned orator, and beloved author and poet whose ideas on nature, philosophy, and religion influenced authors such as Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. Through his writings, Emerson ardently professed the importance of being an individual, resisting the comfort of conformity, and creating an art of living in harmony with nature. This soul-satisfying anthology of twelve favorite essays is a treasure. In the title essay, Emerson writes about the extraordinary power of nature as a way of bringing the divine into our lives. In "Gifts," he reminds us that flowers and gold may be acceptable to those we love, but "the only gift is a portion of thyself." "Spiritual Laws" points out that because a higher law than our own rules the world, there is no need for struggle. Other essays include "Character," "Prudence," "Intellect," "Love," "Beauty," "The American Scholar" address and others. Readers of all ages will want to keep this volume on hand to inspire and refresh the spirit
Introduction by Mary Oliver Commentary by Henry James, Robert Frost, Matthew Arnold, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Henry David Thoreau
The definitive collection of Emerson’s major speeches, essays, and poetry, The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson chronicles the life’s work of a true “American Scholar.” As one of the architects of the transcendentalist movement, Emerson embraced a philosophy that championed the individual, emphasized independent thought, and prized “the splendid labyrinth of one’s own perceptions.” More than any writer of his time, he forged a style distinct from his European predecessors and embodied and defined what it meant to be an American. Matthew Arnold called Emerson’s essays “the most important work done in prose.”
Disseminating his genius through celebrated essays and the hundreds of public lectures he gave across the United States, Ralph Waldo Emerson led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century and was lionised as a champion of individualism and a staunch critic of the countervailing pressures of society. The Delphi Poets Series offers readers the works of literature’s finest poets, with superior formatting. This volume presents the complete works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with beautiful illustrations and the usual Delphi bonus material. (Version 1)
* Beautifully illustrated with images relating to Emerson’s life and works * Detailed introduction to the life of Emerson * Excellent formatting of the poems * Special chronological and alphabetical contents tables for the poetry * Hundreds of rare poems appearing here for the first time in digital publishing * Easily locate the poems you want to read * Includes Emerson’s letters – spend hours exploring the poet’s personal correspondence * The complete prose works, with all the essays * A generous selection of early, middle and late journals – appearing here for the first time in digital publishing * Features two biographies – discover Emerson’s literary life * Scholarly ordering of texts into chronological order and literary genres
The Poetry of Ralph Waldo Emerson BRIEF INTRODUCTION: RALPH WALDO EMERSON THE COMPLETE POEMS
The Poems LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
The Books NATURE: ADDRESSES AND LECTURES ESSAYS. FIRST SERIES ESSAYS, SECOND SERIES REPRESENTATIVE MEN MEMOIRS OF MARGARET FULLER OSSOLI by R. F. Fuller ENGLISH TRAITS THE CONDUCT OF LIFE SOCIETY AND SOLITUDE LETTERS AND SOCIAL AIMS LECTURES AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES MISCELLANIES NATURAL HISTORY OF INTELLECT AND OTHER PAPERS
The Essays LIST OF ESSAYS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER LIST OF ESSAYS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
The Letters THE CORRESPONDENCE OF THOMAS CARLYLE AND RALPH WALDO EMERSON
The Journals SELECTED JOURNALS
The Biographies RALPH WALDO EMERSON by Oliver Wendell Holmes BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH by Edward W. Emerson
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