The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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.”
 
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  •    Gomuro Nedritz
    2020
    this is my jack off material. gorgeous language. "self-reliance" is life changing.
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  •    Mazule Dwoskhak
    2020
    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 the manner in which he composes his interiorized, searching struggle upon the page, psychologist and sage, artist and explorer, endeavoring to balance the external with the internal, to come to bear—amidst Puritan pull and Idealist push—with that incandescent creative mind—exhaled by God or Cosmic Inflation—whose harnessed energy might allow one to transcend the mundane, the temporal, the material. Plus, he is blessed with just such a fantastic, almost onomatopoeic name: Ralph. Waldo. Emerson. I can repeat it softly in singsong without it ever losing its peculiar charm.


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