• Emerson's Essays

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    First and Second Series Complete in One Volume

    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, the only collection of the complete First and Second Series available in an inexpensive edition, 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 mystic, self-reliance, and strong character left its stamp not only on such writers as Thoreau, Whitman, and Emily Dickinson, but also on the American character at large.

    From the Preface:  "For all the chastening to which modern intelligence has submitted itself, perhaps because of that chastening, Emerson comes as a voice of renewal."
    —Irwin Edman

    Paperback Edition

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