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Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the best-loved figures in nineteenth-century American literature. Though he earned his central place in our culture as an essayist and philosopher, since his death his reputation as a poet has grown as well.Known for challenging traditional thought and for his faith in the individual, Emerson was the chief spokesman for the Transcendentalist movement. His poems speak to his most passionately held belief: that external authority should be disregarded in favor of one's own experience. From the embattled farmers who "fired the shot heard round the world" in the stirring "Concord Hymn," to the flower in "The Rhodora," whose existence demonstrates "that if eyes were made for seeing, / Then Beauty is its own excuse for being," Emerson celebrates the existence of the sublime in the human and in nature. Combining intensity of feeling with his famous idealism, Emerson's poems reveal a moving, more intimate side of the man revered as the Sage of Concord.
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." INCLUDES A MODERN LIBRARY READING GROUP GUIDEFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
The Inaugural Address 2009: Together with Abraham Lincoln's First and Second Inaugural Addresses and the Gettysburg Address and Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-relianceby Abraham Lincoln Ralph Waldo Emerson Barack Obama
Tying into the official theme for the 2009 Inauguration, 'A New Birth of Freedom' from Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Penguin presents a keepsake edition commemorating the inauguration of President Barack Obama with words of the two great thinkers and writers who have helped shape him politically, philosophically, and personally: Abraham Lincoln and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Includes:- Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, 2009- Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, 1865- Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, 1863- Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, 1861- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance, 1841.
Together in one volume, Emerson's Nature and Thoreau's Walking, is writing that defines our distinctly American relationship to nature.
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Emerson was an American essayist and poet who was a part of the Transcendentalist movement in the nineteenth century. These lectures begun in 1845 explore the principles and hopes of the young United States. The men in this work are Plato, Swednborg, Michel de Montaigne, Shakespeare, von Gothe and Napoleon. These "representative" men embody the virtues Emerson valued.
From one of the greatest figures of 19th-century America. . . This new edition offers a broad view of the author's finest work, featuring his critical essays, poems, and letters, plus a considerable amount of material from the Journals, including an entry discovered in 1964 in the Library of Congress.
Perhaps no writer has so dramatically shaped the course of American philosophy as Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose meditations on spirituality, freedom, and the power of knowledge have informed and inspired generations of activists, scholars, and common people. Published in 1870, Society and Solitude is Emerson's last great work, a collection of lectures he delivered on tour, in which he found profound insight on such seemingly prosaic topics as Art, Eloquence, Domestic Life, Books, Courage, Success, and "A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days," says Emerson in his lecture here on "Works and Days." Such penetrating wit and American poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was a driving force behind the Transcendental Movement of the early 18th century.
The Tao of Emerson strikingly brings together two of the most influential voices in the history of letters: Lao Tse, the sixth-century B.C. Chinese mystic, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American transcendentalist known to many as "the sage of Concord." By adroitly juxtaposing on facing pages the texts of Lao Tse's masterpiece, the Tao Te Ching, with Emerson's writings, Richard Grossman illuminates how these two remarkable men, from opposite sides of the world and separated by 2,500 years, are united in an inspired wisdom and common spirit: to live simply and tranquilly; trust one's own intuition; seek out and appreciate the spiritual grace in the natural world; act without self-assertion; abjure violence; harmonize with the ebb and flow of nature and circumstances; and, above all, assure that there is a place in the world for humility, yielding, gentleness, and serenity.There is no direct path linking Lao Tse to Emerson, since the Tao Te Ching was not translated into English until 1891, nine years after Emerson's death. But America's Founding Thinker was nonetheless in many ways the heir to the great Chinese mystic's insight and philosophy. As Grossman observes, "Emerson's brand of fresh home-grown English adds a radiant color to the ancient thoughts of the Chinese Master." Although Lao Tse was a citizen of the world's oldest empire and Emerson of its youngest republic, The Tao of Emerson makes the brilliantly presented case that a common literary thread binds these two men. Grossman's Introduction, in which he compares the men's lives, and the passages he has selected from their work give both writers a special resonance for today's reader and help to reveal Emerson in a while new light.This volume includes original brush calligraphy by the celebrated Taoist master Chungliang Al Huang.Praise for The Tao of Emerson"This inspired book from one of Emerson's strongest readers is a great gift. Through the reflected light of the Tao Te Ching, Richard Grossman has made the core of Emerson's wisdom transparent, allowing us to see into the heart of what makes the sage of Concord our very own Lao Tse." --Richard G. Geldard, editor of The Essential Transcendentalists"One measure of a spiritually serious book is whether it repeatedly stops us dead in our tracks as we read it and allows us to foresee the ultimate triumph of truth and principle in our lives and in the life of the world. This is such a book." --Jacob Needleman, author of Why Can't We Be Good?"Deeply immersing himself in both the wisdom of Lao Tse and the philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Richard Grossman has produced a remarkable Guide to life, a handbook filled with venerable worlds combined to yield a new poetry of the mind. Reading it, 'we stand,' with Emerson, 'before the secrets of the world.'" --Megan Marshall, author of The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism"This marvelous volume will bring joy and light to those who know or even suspect that Emersonianism is not a system, a product, or a position but a way or a path. For those who haven't yet gotten it but want to try, this book is the perfect place to start." --Robert D. Richardson, Jr., author of Emerson: The Mind on FireFrom the Hardcover edition.
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