Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Hardcover)
Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson is a classic collection of essays by the great American writer and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson that includes the following titles: Introduction -- The American scholar -- Compensation -- Self-reliance -- Friendship -- Heroism -- Manners -- Gifts -- Nature -- Shakespeare; or, The poet -- Prudence -- Circles -- Notes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay "Nature". Following this work, he gave a speech entitled "The American Scholar" in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. considered to be America's "intellectual Declaration of Independence." 4]Emerson wrote most of his important essays as lectures first and then revised them for print. His first two collections of essays, Essays: First Series (1841) and Essays: Second Series (1844), represent the core of his thinking. They include the well-known essays "Self-Reliance", "The Over-Soul", "Circles", "The Poet", and "Experience." Together with "Nature", 5] these essays made the decade from the mid-1830s to the mid-1840s Emerson's most fertile period.