Essays and Lectures

Essays and Lectures This first Library of America volume of Emerson s writing covers the most productive period of his life Our most eloquent champion of individualism Emerson acknowledges at the same time th

This first Library of America volume of Emerson s writing covers the most productive period of his life, 1832 1860 Our most eloquent champion of individualism, Emerson acknowledges at the same time the countervailing pressures of society in American life Even as he extols what he called the great and crescive self, he dramatizes and records its vicissitudes.Here are thThis first Library of America volume of Emerson s writing covers the most productive period of his life, 1832 1860 Our most eloquent champion of individualism, Emerson acknowledges at the same time the countervailing pressures of society in American life Even as he extols what he called the great and crescive self, he dramatizes and records its vicissitudes.Here are the indispensable and most renowned works, including The American Scholar our intellectual Declaration of Independence, as Oliver Wendell Holmes called it , The Divinity School Address, considered atheistic by many of his listeners, the summons to Self Reliance, along with the embattled realizations of Circles and, especially, Experience Here, too, are his wide ranging portraits of Montaigne, Shakespeare, and other representative men, and his astute observations on the habits, lives, and prospects of the English and American people.This volume includes Emerson s well known Nature Addresses, and Lectures 1849 , his Essays First Series 1841 and Essays Second Series 1844 , plus Representative Men 1850 , English Traits 1856 , and his later book of essays, The Conduct of Life 1860 These are the works that established Emerson s colossal reputation in America and found him admirers abroad as diverse as Carlyle, Nietzsche, and Proust.Emerson s enduring power is apparent everywhere in American literature in those, like Whitman and some of the major twen

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  1. in 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston Educated at Harvard and the Cambridge Divinity School, he became a Unitarian minister in 1826 at the Second Church Unitarian The congregation, with Christian overtones, issued communion, something Emerson refused to do Really, it is beyond my comprehension, Emerson once said, when asked by a seminary professor whether he believed in God Quoted in 2,000 Years of Freethought edited by Jim Haught By 1832, after the untimely death of his first wife, Emerson cut loose from Unitarianism During a year long trip to Europe, Emerson became acquainted with such intelligentsia as British writer Thomas Carlyle, and poets Wordsworth and Coleridge He returned to the United States in 1833, to a life as poet, writer and lecturer Emerson inspired Transcendentalism, although never adopting the label himself He rejected traditional ideas of deity in favor of an Over Soul or Form of Good, ideas which were considered highly heretical His books include Nature 1836 , The American Scholar 1837 , Divinity School Address 1838 , Essays, 2 vol 1841, 1844 , Nature, Addresses and Lectures 1849 , and three volumes of poetry Margaret Fuller became one of his disciples, as did Henry David Thoreau.The best of Emerson s rather wordy writing survives as epigrams, such as the famous A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines Other one and two liners include As men s prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect Self Reliance, 1841 The most tedious of all discourses are on the subject of the Supreme Being Journal, 1836 The word miracle, as pronounced by Christian churches, gives a false impression it is a monster It is not one with the blowing clover and the falling rain Address to Harvard Divinity College, July 15, 1838 He demolished the right wing hypocrites of his era in his essay Worship the louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons Conduct of Life, 1860 I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship Self Reliance The first and last lesson of religion is, The things that are seen are temporal the things that are not seen are eternal It puts an affront upon nature English Traits , 1856 The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant Civilization, 1862 He influenced generations of Americans, from his friend Henry David Thoreau to John Dewey, and in Europe, Friedrich Nietzsche, who takes up such Emersonian themes as power, fate, the uses of poetry and history, and the critique of Christianity D 1882.Ralph Waldo Emerson was his son and Waldo Emerson Forbes, his grandson More rwe platoanford entries emeanscendentalism legacy.tamu.enpedia wiki Ralph_Wapoets poetp prmPID 201pbs wnet ihas poet emeography people ralphine literature emeremersoncentral

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  1. The first essay contained herein is the eight part essay, Nature Emerson writes aphoristically and compellingly, each paragraph contained a line I feel drawn to underline His writing is not always easy to understand without close reading, since he often uses common terms in idiosyncratic ways, but once one decodes his terminology, the way become easier nonetheless, sometimes it seems profitable to read him for general impressions than in meticulous detail And if Nature at times seemed turgid, T [...]

  2. By all rights I should give this a 5 Emerson is the quintessential American and quite frankly probably the quintessential human being, by my lights At his peak, which he hits here often see especially The Poet, The American Scholar, The Divinity School Address, and the final chapter of The Conduct of Life , his every sentence falls like a fiery brand imprinting itself forever on my mind Stylistically, he is an absolutely incredible writer, and his content burns Emerson speaks to you and only you [...]

  3. I appreciate Emerson s passion, but his rhetoric is overblown and sophistical He excuses his inconsistency with a pithy phrase that has become his trademark, but his careless thinking isn t so much a hobgoblin as a morass He has a good heart, so it s hard to give the man a pitiful two star review Unfortunately, I think he s peddling snake oil He provides the perfect argument against idealism while intending just the opposite I admit that I didn t read all of these essays but like the fine people [...]

  4. In alluding just now to our system of education, I spoke of the deadness of its details But it is open to graver criticism than the palsy of its members it is a system of despair The disease with which the human mind now labors, is want of faith Men do not believe in a power of education We do not think we can speak to divine sentiments in man, and we do not try We renounce all high aims We believe that the defects of so many perverse and so many frivolous people, who make up society, are organi [...]

  5. I m reading Emerson s Essays, Series 1 Series 2 from the American Library Edition, so while the collection is a little different, I am left with a series of questions which I would love to discuss with someone Perhaps I am perverse, but I can t figure out where to stand in relation to Emerson I suppose I want to be a believer, to follow him, to take his essays as personally instructive and applicable to my life And yet at the same time, for the most part, I can t find how they are of use in thes [...]

  6. Emerson was one of the most influential writers of my adolescence I read his entire collected works, even the journals, and felt a deep communion with him always.

  7. Emerson is America s great Transcendental philosopher of nature I m not a nature lover, however I don t think truths are to be had walking through a forest than walking down a city street I don t think nature is an unambiguous good, extolling lessons of virtue and justice Nature, to me, is equivocal, problematic Let s be perfectly clear It s trying to kill you All the time Everywhere It is a remorseless battleground for survival It s through these jaded eyes I m reviewing the key essays as I [...]

  8. Emerson was in my mind beyond brilliant While I have always heard of him, he was brought to my attention after reading Thoreau s Walden for the first time in 2017 It was then, that I was seriously introduced to Ralph Waldo Emerson NOTE 1 I read his famous Nature in this book Then I went on to read The American Scholar which is a famous speech he gave at Harvard where he and Henry David Thoreau and Troy Farlow, ha went to college might as well have some fun here And then I read some but not all o [...]

  9. I m adding this on 12 17 09 I have been checking this in and out of the library since August, I think will just post as I go It is just too dense to somehow, summarize with a simple Thumbs up More recently I have been focusing on how Emerson represented and interpreted a certain climate that existed in New England during this time Mormonism developed in the same climate and this is of interest to me There are some important parallels in how Emerson views man and the doctrine of the Mormon Church [...]

  10. The thing I like the best about Emerson is that he provides a pattern of life that I can live with He balances the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and physical lives in a way that seems quite useful to me.I probably won t give this five stars just because he can be long winded and boring at times, but there is still plenty of excitement too.I definitely am finding the second series of essays inferior to the first I had high hopes for Experience for instance but found it unclear and bloated.I [...]

  11. A wealth of information I feel my relative had incredible spiritual teachings that the world didn t accept until this age It proves to me that although his thoughts weren t as acceptable then, they give us great awareness of the spirituality of life and the struggles of the human, while living on earth He is very deep and each time I read this book, I learn Again this is proof as to how we learn as humans We each have the understanding according to our level of consciousness and so when we grow [...]

  12. Emerson is one of the humblest and the most down to earth philosophers since the dawn of time, for he claimed Let me remind the reader that I am only an experimenter Do not set the least value on what I do, or the least discredit on what I do not, as if I pretended to settle any thing as true or false I unsettle all things No facts are to me sacred none are profane I simply experiment, an endless seeker.He defended the premise that Aristotle once stated, Theonly constant thing in this life is ch [...]

  13. This compendious, rather unwieldy yet still portable collection of R.W Emerson s essays, poems, lectures, and other assorted literary marginalia is great you can really see his development as the grand poobah of self reliance and metaphysical Idealism While the overly abstract and sometimes contradictory language can be a real bear to get through, it s worth it it s a privilege to see such a great mind at work and I found myself coming across aphorisms that I didn t know were originally by Emers [...]

  14. I try not to make a habit of rating things before reading their entirity, but some authors have such a total disregard for logic and truth in general that you can t finish their essays He s the kind of guy who says that Jesus and Socrates and Zoroaster were divine, and that Shakespeare and I both have Shakespeare s wit because we re part of the same world soul You know who disagrees about the first Jesus and Socrates and Zoroaster You know who disagrees about the second Absolutely everyone other [...]

  15. Am I putting this up here just to make myself look smart Ummmlet s skip that one, and just say that I d never read him before, might have missed him if it hadn t been assigned for class and I really loved this book Scary how perfectly someone could nail the America of today when writing over a hundred years ago Also gotta love someone who tells students at the Harvard Divinity school that it s okay not to get into Jesus if you re not feeling him not an exact quote John Lennon would approve.

  16. I ll freely admit I skipped a lot of the early stuff, which is frankly boring to me way too dense and too much of a challenge to follow his thinking But the two series of Essays are pretty terrific I had varying degrees of difficulty with each, but they re all worth the effort even if I can t always follow his train of thought I enjoy Thoreau there s air and light in his prose but Emerson was no doubt a very impressive thinker.

  17. march, 2003, ash s pick, THEME Art, the pursuit of immortalitythrough the creative expression of beauty Similarly the limitation and boundlessness of art The Art Paired with Oscar Wilde s The Artist and The Decay of Lying and Two Articles by Art Critics Art of 9 11 by Arthur Danto This is not John Perreault by John Perreault

  18. Emerson is a unique genius The best of these is Self Reliance , and also excellent were Circles, and Nominalist and Realist The second volume is understandable than the first Much of his writing is completely opaque, but there are nuggets of wisdom throughout Captures a uniquely American spirit Extraordinarily difficult reading, but well worth it.

  19. I m not sure that even Emerson himself understood his convoluted writing style Still, he s so important in terms of our thought system, you really ought to give him a try Might want to have some Excedrin and some coffee on hand, though.

  20. Wonderful Inspirational A classic Rereading some favorite passages of my much loved worn out copy on Ralph Waldo Emerson s Birthday Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm A friend is one before whom I can think aloud Ralph Waldo Emerson

  21. If modern America claims to admire Emerson, then it really does not understand Emerson This is deeply spiritual stuff, and deeply critical of materialism and consumerism The essay Compensation is change your life material.

  22. Verbal artistry at a high level, Emerson s essays are of the nature and structure of songs or poems They are a kind of beautiful thunder lightening that awakens the reader from his torpor can be experienced over and over in the same way that a favourite song or piece of music is.

  23. A man is a god in ruins When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams Enough said.

  24. Emerson, Whitman and Thoreau are three persons I like very much, because they all described nature so much and give me an impression of what a man or citizen should be existing.

  25. I have reread this book about 100 times, and have never ceased to be moved, inspired and also challenged by it The author may be the greatest writer in the English language, after Shakespeare.

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