Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet, who is best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was a a champion of individualism and wrote dozens of essays. Most criics consider "Self-Reliance" his best. It has the most thorough statement of one of Emerson's repeating themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency. It also emphasized the need to follow one's own instincts and ideas. "Self-Reliance" contains one of Emerson's most famous quotes: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
Ralph Waldo Emerson The most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson's most famous quotations, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." This essay is considered a watershed moment in which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. An American classic.
Ralph Waldo Emerson "To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men - that is genius. Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Whosoever would be a man must be a nonconformist." Ralph Waldo Emerson explores the themes of individuality and self-fulfillment in his most popular essay, "Self-Reliance." In it, he celebrates America's free society, one which places value on the individual, and attacks the institution of religion as one that stifles the soul. Emerson's essays, considered among the best in the English language, have exerted much influence and enjoyed tremendous longevity.
Walt Whitman, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Brontë & Ralph Waldo Emerson It is hard to top the pleasure of a woodland walk in Spring - unless of course you have a lyric poet as your guide. Now that is possible with
Poets of Nature. Let Walt Whitman, John Keats, Emily Dickinson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Bronte, and Ralph Waldo Emerson take you into that realm of Nature "where we seldom wander". Drawing upon the treasury of classical poetry,
Poets of Nature explores the deep green paths of nature with some of the world's most distinguished poets.
This audio seeks to guide us back from the confines of a human constructed world to one that we are more at home and in harmony with.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Here is an accessible introduction to Emerson's work. It includes essays interspersed with classic Emerson poetry. Included in this audiobook are:"Music", "Divinity School Address", "The Concord Hymn", "Give All to Love", "The Lords of Life", "Experience", "Self Reliance", and "Grace."
Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson was the first American philosopher to seriously consider Nature as an essential component of human serenity. The carefully chosen chosen selections in this audiobook include essays interspersed with classic Emerson poetry.
Ralph Waldo Emerson The great writings of American transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) are not some distant ponderings on life – they are works of the highest practicality, intended to supply guidance and daily help. Emerson’s ideas arose from his simple observations of human existence, with all its pitfalls and possibilities.
Reading and listening to Emerson brings the wisdom of the ages down to earth. This collection is drawn from his most practical and best-loved works. Each points you toward better and fuller ways of living.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Here in one volume are both the Essays: First Series and Essays: Second Series from one of the most influential philosophers in American history. Although Ralph Waldo Emerson, perhaps America’s most famous philosopher, did not wish to be referred to as a transcendentalist, he is nevertheless considered the founder of this major movement of nineteenth-century American thought. Emerson was influenced by a liberal religious training; theological study; personal contact with the Romanticists Coleridge, Carlyle, and Wordsworth; and a strong indigenous sense of individualism and self-reliance. Emerson’s best work was done between 1836 and 1860, a period which includes his famous Essays.
These essays contain his most important writing and radiate with sensitivity and wonder. Here Emerson’s prose shows him to be both a vigorous thinker and a profound mystic, a man of exquisite feeling combined with stern moral fiber. His strong love of retirement from life, contemplation of the sublime and the mystic, his self-reliance, and his strong character left their stamp not only on such writers as Thoreau, Whitman, and Emily Dickinson but also on the American character at large.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) was a renowned lecturer and writer whose ideas on philosophy, religion, and literature influenced many writers, including Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. After an undergraduate career at Harvard, he studied at Harvard Divinity School and became an ordained minister. He led the transcendentalist movement in America in the mid-nineteenth century. He is perhaps most well known for his publications Essays and Nature.
Henry David Thoreau & Ralph Waldo Emerson Selections from Henry David Thoreau's
Civil Disobedience, and Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Introduction to Thoreau", "Self-Reliance", "Nature", "The American Scholar", "Education", and "Politics". Thoreau dedicated his life to preserving his freedom as a man and an artist.
Walden is a record of his experiment in simple living, describing his basic existence, rich in contemplation of the wonders of nature and the ways of man.
Civil Disobedience is a work of protest against government interference with individual liberty. Emerson offers insight into Thoreau and the forces that shaped his life in his Introduction. The other essays in this collection represent Emerson's most influential writings, capturing the essence of American Transcendentalism.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Redefining the classic essay, this modern edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most famous work, Self-Reliance, includes self-reflections from both historical and contemporary luminaries. With quotes from the likes of Henry Ford and Helen Keller to modern-day thought leaders like Jesse Dylan, Steve Pressfield, and Milton Glaser, we're reminded of the relevance of Emerson’s powerful words today. Emerson’s words are timeless. Persuasive and convincing, he challenges readers to define their own sense of accomplishment and asks them to measure themselves against their own standards, not those of society. This famous orator has utter faith in individualism and doesn’t invoke beyond what is humanly possible, he just believes deeply that each of us is capable of greatness. He asks us to define that greatness for ourselves and to be true to ourselves. At times harsh, at times comforting, Emerson’s words guide the reader to challenge their own beliefs and sense of self. This modern edition of Self-Reliance is ideal for graduates or those who are in the midst of a career or lifestyle change. Emerson's sage guidance wrapped in modern-day reflections is a great reminder about the potential within us all and that life is what you make of it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in
Love and Friendship, a collection of essays on relationships. "Before him, I may think aloud. I do then with my friends as I do with my books. I would have them where I can find them, but I seldom use them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson & Mitch Horowitz - Abridged and Introduced by The extraordinary manifesto of independent living - newly abridged and introduced in this powerful condensation
Self-Reliance is a life-changing experience - its message of nonconformity, self-expression, and personal independence can awaken you to a new, and better, way of living. Now, historian and New Thought scholar Mitch Horowitz has deftly and faithfully retained the most powerful ideas of Ralph Waldo Emerson's original classic, and reintroduced this work in this one-of-a-kind condensation. Listenable within the space of an average commute or lunch hour, the experience of Self-Reliance may represent a true turning point in your life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson & Sam Torode - foreword Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Nature" is perhaps the greatest original work of philosophy written by an American. This specially-prepared edition includes a foreword on the origin and significance the book.
"Emerson defined genius as the ability to see the miraculous in the commonplace, and to take old truths and express them in a new way. "Nature" is a perfect example of such genius. Its pages are alive, brimming with fresh and startling insights grounded in the soil of ancient wisdom." (From the foreword)
Ralph Waldo Emerson The Divinity School Address was delivered by Emerson to the graduating class of Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on July 15, 1838. At the time, the Harvard community was strongly Unitarian, and Emerson's argument for a more transcendental view of God and faith was seen as radical, and touched off a great controversy. Prompted by his life experience, Emerson questioned the miracles of Jesus, argued for moral intuition over religious doctrine, and discussed the failures of historical Christianity. Although Harvard and the Unitarian church rejected his assertions, Emerson is viewed as a leader of the Transcendental movement, and his other literary contributions have had a notable impact on American thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson In this definitive collection of essays, including the poignant title essay "Self-Reliance," Ralph Waldo Emerson expounds on the importance of trusting your soul, as well as divine providence, to carve out a life. A firm believer in nonconformity, Emerson celebrates the individual and stresses the value of listening to the inner voice unique to each of us - even when it defies society's expectations.
Self-Reliance and Other Essays is the perfect companion for those who have marched to the beat of a different drummer and wish to better understand the transcendentalist leader's groundbreaking philosophy to find personal fulfillment.
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Revised edition: Previously published as Self-Reliance and Other Essays, this edition of Self-Reliance and Other Essays (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost & E. E. Cummings Walt Whitman said, "...poetry is the voice of the nation, expressing its deepest concerns, ambitions and longings," which is certainly true of the great classic poetry of America. This wide-ranging anthology, from the earliest poets of the 16th century to the present day, reflects the changing preoccupations and visions of Americans, including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, E.E. Cummings, and more. Enjoy 60 poems from leading classic figures as well as popular anonymous works such as Frankie and Johnny, which are an integral part of American consciousness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson is a paradoxical figure in American society. He represents the very height of individualism and blazing one's own path, but during his lifetime his views were considered so radical that Harvard College, despite Emerson being an honored student there, banned him from speaking for some three decades after he gave his 1838 speech on transcendentalism. Today, of course, Emerson is heralded as one of the great Americans of the 19th century. Harvard even has a building named after him. Emerson gives evidence to the well-known quip that "conservatives are people who worship dead radicals." The following essay is a timeless piece of writing, and though penned a century and a half ago, it still conveys valuable insights that have as much relevance today as they did when Emerson first wrote them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson fue un pastor, ensayista y poeta nacido en Boston, Massachusetts, en 1803. Emerson es el maximo representante del trascendentalismo, una corriente filosofica que impulsa el individualismo, y denuncia la presion de la sociedad sobre el desarrollo personal. Durante sus 78 anos de vida, Emerson dio casi 1,500 conferencias en distintas partes de los Estados Unidos, sobre este tema. Auto-Confianza es una compilacion de algunos de sus mas importantes ensayos, los que el propio Emerson coloco bajo ese nombre.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Emerson's discourse on the laws of compensation, takes on the notion that one who has money must be wicked and those who do not must be good, among other topics. It appeared in his book Essays, first published in 1841.
Ralph Waldo Emerson & Newton Dillaway These passages from the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson on religion and spiritual philosophy reveal a metaphysical thought that is quintessentially American and universally relevant to the spiritual needs of today's world. It is seldom that an American philosopher is found among the gurus, mystics, and masters present in the spiritual milieu. Emerson combined the spiritual intuition of the East with the philosophical acumen of the West. In his words, "We hear echoes of the great truths of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and the wisdom of the Greeks".
Ralph Waldo Emerson & Israel Bouseman Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the most influential figures in America during the 19th century. This audiobook, Representative Men, gives an account of how he understood genius, its place in society, its mechanism, and the historical accounts that supported his views. It is fitting that a man of such influence be remembered through his account of greatness in others.
In this work, he provides in this work a novel view of the function of history and intelligence. Emerson shows how the great men of history have stood upon the shoulders of those who have prepared the way. He poignantly explores the historical foundation necessary for works of genius to shine out and make a mark upon the times.
The full narration of this work is preceded by a lecture-by-lecture summary. The summary also includes a biography of Emerson himself, as well as background information about the work. Also included are an overview, synopsis, and analysis of the text. The summary is concluded by a section which explores the historical context, social impact, and criticisms of Emerson and his work.
Ralph Waldo Emerson & Sam Torode If you've wanted to read Ralph Waldo Emerson but find his 19th-century prose too daunting, help is here....
In Everyday Emerson, best-selling author Sam Torode (The Dirty Parts of the Bible: A Novel) rephrases the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson in contemporary language. The goal is to make Emerson's wisdom applicable to our daily lives, proving that transcendentalism isn't a relic of the past - it's a way of thinking and seeing the world that's still valid and vital.
Volume one covers Emerson's path-breaking early lectures, featuring full paraphrases of "The American Scholar", "The Divinity School Address", "The Transcendentalist", and more. It also includes paraphrased excerpts from Emerson's speeches advocating for social reform, the abolition of slavery, and women's rights.
Sam Torode's introduction and notes provide an overview of Emerson's life and major themes, and explore the relevance of his philosophy today. Everyday Emerson can be enjoyed on its own or as an aid to studying the original works.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson was a leader in the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He is best known for his political philosophy and ideological thoughts on the moral worth of the individual and his work greatly influenced many of the great thinkers of his time, including Henry David Thoreau.
Some of the greatest works of Ralph Waldo Emerson include the Over Soul, which discusses the existence of the soul and its connection to the ego as well as the human soul's relationship to God. In "Circles", he discusses the vast array of circles in nature and how they seem to be repeating patterns in the natural universe.
Ralph Waldo Emerson is often referred to as one of the greatest thinkers in history. His revolutionary views on life and religion are evident in his numerous essays.
Ralph Waldo Emerson In his lifetime, Ralph Waldo Emerson was the most widely known man of letters in America, establishing himself as a prolific poet, essayist, popular lecturer, and advocate of social reforms. He was considered one of the great orators of the time, and his enthusiasm and respect for his audience enraptured crowds. As a poet and philosopher, he led the Transcendentalist movement, which professes the belief that everything in ouf world is a microcosm of the universe, and in the infinitude of individual man. Emerson developed the ideas of individuality, freedom, the ability for mankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world. One of his best-known essays is "Self-Reliance".
These 100 quotes have been carefully selected in his body of work to introduce you to his thoughts and character, and to inspire you into adopting a larger stance on life through his wisdom and clarity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Circles is an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson, first published in 1841. The essay reflects on the vast array of circles one may find throughout nature and what is suggested by these circles in philosophical terms.
In the opening line of the essay, Emerson states, "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau & Mark Twain Hear some of the greatest American essays ever written! This unabridged collection covers a multitude of subjects, including philosophy, politics, turkeys, and dogs.
It includes Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance"; Henry David Thoreau's "Walking" and "Civil Disobedience"; Mark Twain's "Hunting the Deceitful Turkey"; Benjamin's Franklin's "Reply to a Begging Letter"; and Thomas Paine's "The American Crisis".
You'll also hear "The Union and Its New Constitution" by Alexander Hamilton; "The Art of Publicity" by P. T. Barnum; John Burroughs's "A Life of Fear"; Bradford Torry's "A Short Month"; Eugene Field's "Other People's Dogs"; and James Russell Lowell's "Abraham Lincoln".
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Essays: The Second Series", is a series of essays written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, published in 1844, concerning transcendentalism.
This audiobook contains nine essays: "The Poet", "Experience", "Character", "Manners", "Gifts", "Nature", "Politics", "Nominalist and Realist", "New England Reformers". Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of his age. He was a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of society.
Ralph Waldo Emerson This collection of 19th-century essays explores Emerson's thoughts about transcendentalism, individualism, and romanticism. The centerpiece of the collection, Emerson's masterpiece "Self-Reliance", explains the need for individuals to avoid conformity and false consistency so that they will be able to follow their own instincts and ideas. Although these thoughts may seem to be anti-society in nature, Emerson asserts that self-reliance must be the starting point not for the end of society but for a more efficient and better one. Throughout this collection, Emerson emphasizes that keen belief in the power of the individual.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Emerson's ideas are alive and well and very much with us today. Consider that Emerson, now an establishment figure, was a rebel in his time. He could find no relevance in established religion. But, unlike others, he set out to reform it. Many of his ideas now seem obvious and as American as apple pie. But until he spelled them out, no one had thought that Nature was God speaking to man or that wisdom and knowledge flowed from an active not just a contemplative life - or that society might be hostile to new ideas just out of cussedness rather than conviction. His ideas anticipated Thoreau and Whitman, and this collection of his thoughts puts us in touch with the person who hatched many of the ideas that today are as much a part of us as the air we breathe. Essays included: "The American Scholar" "Self-Reliance" "A Divinity School Address" "Love" "Friendship" "Prudence" "The Transcendentalist" "Compensation" "Spiritual Laws"
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Chiunque voglia essere un uomo deve essere un anticonformista", proclama Ralph Waldo Emerson in questa versione audiobook di un saggio che parla di individualità e di fiducia in se stessi, e che se pur composto nel XIX secolo, contiene alcuni elementi ancora perfettamente centrati con l'epoca attuale.
L'autore, vissuto nell'America dell'800, in questa famosa opera - come del resto per tutta la sua vita - propone un'etica individuale basata sulla certezza delle proprie idee e dei propri valori. Considerato il manifesto epocale dell'individualismo democratico americano e della libertà, "Fiducia in se stessi", pur con i suoi toni spesso da proclama e i suoi rigidi diktat, mette in discussione i valori tradizionali del tempo, esorta alla ribellione e a dar valore alla propria essenza senza essere assoggettati ai dogmi del potere e della religione.
Friedrich Nietzsche è stato forse il più noto e discusso sostenitore di Emerson. Le sue opere condizionarono il suo pensiero e successivamente quello dell'intera Europa. Le idee del filosofo, poeta e scrittore americano accesero le menti di numerosi intellettuali anche nel suo paese, e non a caso viene considerato la figura ispiratrice della cultura americana moderna, Beat Generation inclusa.
Willa Cather, Christina Rossetti, Sarah Teasdale, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Amy Lowell & Ralph Waldo Emerson Willa Cather's early poem, "April Twilights," serves as a precursor to themes of love and nature that appear in her later novels. This collection also includes poems by poetesses Christina Rossetti, Sarah Teasdale, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Amy Lowell, as well as a sampling of works by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Ralph Waldo Emerson & Anton Kingsbury Prayer of Gratitude includes a reading of the eponymous prayer followed by beautiful piano music based on original compositions of Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Piano music includes The Seasons, Les Saisons Op. 37a, July: Song of the Reaper. Prayer read in English, unabridged, by Josh Verbae. Music recording by Anton Kingsbury.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Le texte qui suit témoigne d'une modernité surprenante. Son auteur, Ralph Waldo Emerson, y développe l'idée selon laquelle la confiance en soi-même, indispensable à l'épanouissement de chacun, est nécessairement associée à l'anticonformisme. Se dégager de la pesanteur des cadres sociaux, apprendre à penser et à voir le monde sans être influencé par l'opinion publique et la bienséance, tel serait ainsi le chemin que prennent tous les grands hommes. Il ne faut donc pas avoir peur d'être soi-même, toujours suivre son intuition et ne jamais renoncer au combat quotidien contre les multiples sources de formatage que nous impose la vie en société.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Questo audiobook ti presenta un testo rarissimo, inedito in lingua italiana che racconta quasi in presa diretta il valore di uno dei più grandi uomini che la storia americana abbia avuto: Abraham Lincoln. Il ritratto è scritto da un altro grande uomo, un altro grande protagonista della cultura americana, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Questo testo è l'incontro di due uomini che cercano la grandezza in ogni uomo ed è un invito a cercare e a trovare la grandezza che c'è in ognuno di noi, perché questa grandezza, questa energia di grandezza, non è destinata a pochi, ma è per tutti, è in tutti.
"Quest'uomo era vigoroso fino al midollo, allegro, persistente e amabile. Aveva un grande carattere buono, che lo rendeva tollerante e disponibile con tutti; era equanime, ascoltava le richieste di tutti, era affabile e non sentiva il peso di essere Presidente come l'avrebbero sentito altri."
Ralph Waldo Emerson In this program you will receive unabridged recordings of "Self Reliance", "Nature", and "The Transcendentalist" by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
You will also receive the following bonus content: As a Man ThinkethMorning & Evening ThoughtsFrom Poverty to PowerFoundation Stones to Happiness & SuccessThe EnchiridionOn the Shortness of LifeAcres of DiamondsThe Analects of ConfuciusWalkingOn the Duty of Civil DisobedienceYour Invisible PowerThe Autobiography of Thomas JeffersonBenjamin Franklin (biography) Genghis Khan (biography) Abraham Lincoln (biography) Jeff Bezos (biography) Howard Hughes (biography) Nikola Tesla (biography) Elon Musk (biography) Walt Disney (biography) Richard Branson (biography) Sam Walton (biography) Full list of narrators includes Gregory Sutton, Danny Hughes, and Bryan Olson.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance, an essay written by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1841, is arguable Emerson's most influential piece. Self-Reliance does a masterful job expanding on one of Emerson's most frequently spoken themes of how individuals should follow their own ideas and instincts. The essay has three major divisions: the importance of self-reliance, self-reliance and the individual, and self-reliance and society, each containing timeless teachings. Self-Reliance was not only remarkable for its time but continues to influence society with its wisdom. Emerson, who is seen as the champion of Individualism, will leave listeners with lifelong inspiration on some of the most important ideals of being human.
Ralph Waldo Emerson À une époque où les modes et les recettes de bien-être font fureur, où les voyages et l'exotisme suscitent la frénésie, Ralph Waldo Emerson nous renvoie à l'intérieur de nous-mêmes pour goûter la sérénité. Selon lui, si l'expérience des autres et les distractions peuvent nous inspirer et nous distraire sainement, elles ne nous mènent nulle part si nous n'acceptons pas cette réalité de la condition humaine : la solitude de l'âme.
Si le progrès des arts et des sciences nous rassure et nous facilite la vie au quotidien, la connaissance n'est toutefois d'aucun secours pour qui refuse de se regarder autrement que dans un selfie démultiplié. La voie qu'il nous propose est exigeante, car elle suppose une grande honnêteté sans compromis envers nous-mêmes et envers les autres, y compris nos proches. Elle nous libère cependant de la tyrannie des apparences, des modes d'emploi et de la parole des guides et des maîtres à penser de toute catégorie.
Ralph Waldo Emerson In the essay, Emerson puts forth the foundation of transcendentalism, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Transcendentalism suggests that the divine, or God, suffuses nature, and suggests that reality can be understood by studying nature.
Within the essay, Emerson divides nature into four usages: commodity, beauty, language and discipline. These distinctions define the ways by which humans use nature for their basic needs, their desire for delight, their communication with one another, and their understanding of the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson In 1834, Ralph Waldo Emerson, formerly a Unitarian minister, began a new career as a public lecturer. Many of those lectures formed the source material for his essays. Nature (1836), his first published work, contained the essence of his transcendental philosophy, which involved viewing the world of natural phenomena as a symbol of the inner life and emphasizing individual freedom and self-reliance.
This collection contains 11 of his most celebrated and memorable essays from this period: "Self-Reliance", "Nature", "Circles", "Friendship", "Heroism", "Prudence", "Compensation", "Gifts", "Manners", "Shakespeare; Or, the Poet", and "The American Scholar".
Ralph Waldo Emerson In The Poet, an essay by US writer Ralph Waldo Emerson, the author expresses the need for the United States to have its own new and unique poet to write about the new country's virtues and vices. It is not about men of poetical talents, or of industry and skill in meter, but of the true poet.
After reading the essay, Walt Whitman consciously set out to answer Emerson's call. When the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass was first published, Whitman sent a copy to Emerson, whose letter in response helped launch the book to success.
In that letter Emerson called the collection the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson This version of Nature is an 1843 revision to the popular essay written and published in 1836. In the original essay, Emerson put forth the foundation of transcendentalism and suggested that reality can be understood by studying nature.
Within the essay, Emerson divides nature into four usages: commodity, beauty, language and discipline. These distinctions define how humans use nature for their basic needs, their desire for delight, their communication with one another, and their understanding of the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Building on and enriching ideas set forth in Self-Reliance, Emerson argues that true heroism is self-confidence and persistency in the face of corrosive pressures to conform to society.
Ralph Waldo Emerson In Gifts, Ralph Waldo Emerson muses on the function of and expectations surrounding the giving of gifs. He touches on what gifts communicate about the nature of the giver and receiver and how the best kind of gift is a gift of love.
Ralph Waldo Emerson The American Scholar was a speech given by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1837 to the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Harvard College.
Emerson argues that American culture, still heavily influenced by Europe, could build a new, distinctly American cultural identity. Emerson uses Transcendentalist and Romantic points of view to explain a true American scholar's relationship to nature.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. declared this speech to be America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence". Building on the growing attention he was receiving from the essay Nature, this speech solidified Emerson's popularity and weight in America.
Ralph Waldo Emerson In Manners, Ralph Waldo Emerson expounds on the meaning of customs and politeness in civil society. He argues that the purpose of manners is more to facilitate the creation and proper working of society and not to establish hierarchies.