The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson Introduction by Mary OliverCommentary by Henry James Robert Frost Matthew Arnold Oliver Wendell Holmes and Henry David Thoreau The definitive collection of Emerson s major speeches essays and po

  • Title: The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson Mary Oliver Brooks Atkinson
  • ISBN: 9780679783220
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • Introduction by Mary OliverCommentary 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, EmerIntroduction by Mary OliverCommentary 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 INCLUDES A MODERN LIBRARY READING GROUP GUIDE

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      in 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston Educated at Harvard and the Cambridge Divinity School, he became a Unitarian minister in 1826 at the Second Church Unitarian The congregation, with Christian overtones, issued communion, something Emerson refused to do Really, it is beyond my comprehension, Emerson once said, when asked by a seminary professor whether he believed in God Quoted in 2,000 Years of Freethought edited by Jim Haught By 1832, after the untimely death of his first wife, Emerson cut loose from Unitarianism During a year long trip to Europe, Emerson became acquainted with such intelligentsia as British writer Thomas Carlyle, and poets Wordsworth and Coleridge He returned to the United States in 1833, to a life as poet, writer and lecturer Emerson inspired Transcendentalism, although never adopting the label himself He rejected traditional ideas of deity in favor of an Over Soul or Form of Good, ideas which were considered highly heretical His books include Nature 1836 , The American Scholar 1837 , Divinity School Address 1838 , Essays, 2 vol 1841, 1844 , Nature, Addresses and Lectures 1849 , and three volumes of poetry Margaret Fuller became one of his disciples, as did Henry David Thoreau.The best of Emerson s rather wordy writing survives as epigrams, such as the famous A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines Other one and two liners include As men s prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect Self Reliance, 1841 The most tedious of all discourses are on the subject of the Supreme Being Journal, 1836 The word miracle, as pronounced by Christian churches, gives a false impression it is a monster It is not one with the blowing clover and the falling rain Address to Harvard Divinity College, July 15, 1838 He demolished the right wing hypocrites of his era in his essay Worship the louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons Conduct of Life, 1860 I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship Self Reliance The first and last lesson of religion is, The things that are seen are temporal the things that are not seen are eternal It puts an affront upon nature English Traits , 1856 The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant Civilization, 1862 He influenced generations of Americans, from his friend Henry David Thoreau to John Dewey, and in Europe, Friedrich Nietzsche, who takes up such Emersonian themes as power, fate, the uses of poetry and history, and the critique of Christianity D 1882.Ralph Waldo Emerson was his son and Waldo Emerson Forbes, his grandson More rwe platoanford entries emeanscendentalism legacy.tamu.enpedia wiki Ralph_Wapoets poetp prmPID 201pbs wnet ihas poet emeography people ralphine literature emeremersoncentral

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    • BEAUTIFUL Man is timid and apologetic he is no longer upright he dares not say I think, I am, but quotes some saint or sage He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones they are for what they are they exist with God to day There is no time to them There is simply the rose it is perfect in every moment of its existence Before a leaf bud has burst, its whole life acts in the full blown flower there is no [...]


    • In reading Emerson it readily becomes apparent why it is that such as Nietzsche revered his essaying person, tapping as he does into that interior reserve of the individual spirit who whether she be isolated in starlit reclusion or thronged by fellow beings in day aglow bustle must grapple, at the last, with the fact that she is alone and in that solitariness must self arm to face the enduring struggle of time taut life I don t always agree with Emerson or Nietzsche, for that matter but I love t [...]



    • Emerson is my favorite poet philosopher, and this one volume contains all his writings you could ever need I agree with Emerson wholeheartedly about 33% of the time, disagree with him vehemently about 33%, and can t decide whether I agree or not the rest of the time But he s always compelling, even if I think he s dead wrong.The greatest thing about Emerson is how quotable he is There are dozens of great one liners here One of my favorites A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, [...]


    • American philosopher and Harvard professor Stanley Cavell claims Emerson and Thoreau are the founding philosophers of America and comparable to Plato Before reading this I tackled Thoreau Emerson was his mentor, and they were both considered part of the Transcendental circle in mid Century America I found Emerson less irritating than Thoreau, but less readable and challenging By challenging I don t mean less difficult, but less thought provoking I think Emerson is harder to parse, to get From wh [...]


    • It s hard to overstate what the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson have done to awaken me to beauty and truth Emerson packs wisdom in one sentence than most writers articulate in a lifetime Mary Oliver, the best selling poet in America told me simply, Emerson is all you need Though Emerson writes on a myriad of topics, his thematic core is consistent All things are made of one hidden stuff The world globes itself in a drop of dew The heart and soul of all men being one, this bitterness of his and [...]


    • Don t think I ll read the whole thing, but At first I had no clue what Emerson was talking about, and I chalked it up to him being all transcendentalist Then I got to Intellect and things started to hit home Then I read ironically enough Transcendenalist and not only did I become convinced that 1 Emerson is worth reading and 2 Emerson is worth reading as philosophy but also that a he lines up well with a lot of pragmatic ideas and b he lines up well with a lot of my own personal intuitions which [...]


    • Ralph Waldo Emerson is probably my favorite philosopher poet He combines poetry and prose wonderfully, treating human affairs, emotions and morals purely as aspects of nature, and all of nature as having the same soul as people The range of his subjects is wide and varied, from the most metaphysical aspects of reality to the most mundane actions of daily life Despite him having written in the mid 19th century, and often writing as a poet than most philosophers, his writing is pretty straightfor [...]


    • The answers to all of my questions about life can be found in the pages of this book Love, friendship, nature, politics, ethics, and the complex challenges that make up human experience are all examined in a moving, beautiful, eloquent and fiercely intelligent way A cherished part of my library.



    • anti slavery racist, which is better than a pro slavery racist pantheist mysticism philistine naturalism i.e transcendentalism bleh.


    • Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 1882 Essential writings Emerson s essays are the mirror of his vast knowledge drawn from extensive readings in ancient historical philosophies and religions, as well as personal studies of theology and preaching in his younger years as a minister of the Protestant Church.Not unlike Montaigne, he quotes throughout his writings, words, beliefs, and thoughts of Plato, Heraclitus, Aristotle, Zenon, Epicurus, and other, recent, philosophers.He will also quote ancient religio [...]


    • Back to Basics Reading EmersonReading Emerson might make readers slightly sad about that later , not that Emerson expresses gloom in his most influential essays Nature, TheDivinity School Address, and Self Reliance His words reflect the optimism he felt for the power of the individual to understand how they fit into the world and how they might serve their community and country A child of the American Revolution, he and his audienceContinue reading on Examiner The Essential Writings of Ralph Wa [...]


    • This is a very deep book very fitting for a deep person such as myself o Seriously, this book is a lot to chew and I m only reading it for English However, I can honestly say that the parts I understood really were kind of interesting.


    • I read most of this collection during an independent study during my junior year of college I picked it up again last night and can t put it down Emerson changed the way I think about everything.


    • To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before and which shall never be seen again.


    • Ahhhhif only we lived in the same era and could share a cup of coffee on a big white porch of a grand old house on main street USA.



    • I found this astounding collection of essays rather hard to get through Not because they were bad, or poorly written, but because they were so wonderful While I thought some of his ideas were rather questionable I m not a big fan of natural theology at least as I understand it his positions were still clearly made and forced me to seriously consider a number of my positions Some parts I struggled to understand, but after thinking about them for a bit I found the ideas so great that I couldn t he [...]


    • I read Emerson s short book Nature, collected within this collection Emerson s brand of non Christian natural spirituality is fascinating, but his writing style doesn t do much for me I wouldn t be surprised if Emerson s recommendation to go into nature influenced Thoreau at Walden So 3 stars for the purple prose, 5 stars for this anthology of a nineteenth century superstar s most famous work, and an average of 4 stars overall for the volume.


    • Love the philosophy, amazed at how commonplace his ideas are now, and really enjoyed his poetry However, I surprisingly did not care for his prose, which I found a bit obtuse and generally lacking in any flow.


    • can t honestly review this SPECIFIC version, but it seems to contain most if not ALL of RWE s works that I have ever read re read, pondered, studied both during school for a grade, on my own seeking answers, seeking guidance, beating myself up for not knowing the answer to the great WHY questions of LIFE Struggling to find myself, my voice, my LIFE apart from others, despite others, determined to rise above not repeat the same mistakes, make the same poor choices, prove myself to be SELF SUFFICI [...]


    • Emerson writes with the self assurance of one who has lived a life in the name of beauty and truth Ne er is there a word which, spoken, makes him seem a superior to any, but his voice rings like that of a pastor or an older brother encouraging, illuminating and always standing by The poetry and humanity which instills vivacity and zest to his rational arguments breathes life not only into his work but also into the heart of the reader Not merely because they are beautiful, not merely because the [...]


    • I will be a honest, this collection is a commitment and it s not for everyone but if you have the same thirst for knowledge and genuine joy for learning as I do, Emerson is the thinker for you Savvy if not yet modern, insightful without being patronizing or pushy, much of what Emerson put to paper is still relevant today.But if there is only one thing I can recommend from the entire collection above all else, it is his American Scholar essay Every university student, past, present and future sho [...]


    • Emerson is always listed as a big influence on most of the writers I like so I wanted to check it out I really thought it was going to be dry but it wasn t I would have to say that his honest observations of life have their own unique elegance His style is rudimentary but hits some of the most important questions in life I wish I would have read it in adolescence I really liked Self Reliance, but it wasn t my favorite I would say that his part on compensation was my favorite I would say at least [...]


    • This is a huge book that contains not only every influential essay Emerson wrote, but also a lot of his poetry and a very good introductory biography Emerson is the perfect author for those who are going through a philosophical awakening and are looking for insights into the world and the way we as humans relate to it, and therefore ourselves Don t expect a fully developed, systematic philosophy here transcendentalism is of a way of seeing things.Self Reliance remains my personal favorite.


    • To be honest, I haven t even come close to reading this entire book I think I was assigned two or three essays in a college sopho English class But the presence of Self Reliance alone makes it an essential part of my desert island library This is the essay where Emerson makes the famous statement Trust thyself, and the rest of the essay lays out why Self Reliance is the ultimate weapon against any bout of insecurity or low self esteem.


    • I just realized I ve been reading this book off and on for 5 years Well I finally finished Phew It s hard to rate a collection There are works in here that are 5 stars and move you to your core and there are works that are 3 stars I m not sure everything included can be called the essential Emerson Like the chapter on Gifts Snooze But if nothing else, people should take a read of his divinity school address, works regarding abolition, and commentary on Thoreau.


    • One of my favorite writers of all time Beautiful for its depth and authentic call for people to live life deeply What a fantastic human and amazing mind to come up with all these wonderful, inspiring thoughts I ll probably continue to read this for the rest of my days I do need to branch out and read some of Emerson s writings though Between him and Thoreau, I love the Transcendentalists.


    • In an attempt to imitate Mac of Rose in Bloom with whom at age 13 I was in love as much as was Rose, I purchased this intending to carry it about and read the whole I picked at it instead and loved what I did read but haven t finished it even now fifty years later Loved what I read will go back to it one day and read whether or not I finish.


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