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Ralph Waldo Emerson - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Ralph Waldo Emerson

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist, philosopher, and poet; nineteenth century American Literature and poetry
Photograph: Ralph Waldon Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(1803 - 1882)

 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  May 25, 1803
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 
Died:  April 27, 1882
Concord, Massachusetts, United States
 
Related authors:
Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walt Whitman
 
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Ralph Waldo Emerson - LIFE STORIES
 
 
3/24/1882     Twain Burned By Longfellow Roast
On this day in 1882 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died, at the age of seventy-five. Longfellow was the most popular, venerated and taught American poet of his day. Such a pedestal invited comedy, or so Mark Twain thought until he tried to satirize Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Oliver Wendell Holmes before a crowd of their fans.
4/27/1882     Emerson at the End
On this day in 1882 Ralph Waldo Emerson died at the age of seventy-eight. Although Emerson's last decade was one of increasing debility it was also one of international accolade and local adulation. When the Sage of Concord returned from his last trip abroad he found the band playing, the schoolchildren singing and his burned home rebuilt by the community.
9/10/1856     Emerson, Brown, Russell Banks
On this day in 1856 Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke "On the Affairs in Kansas" at a Kansas Relief Meeting in Cambridge, Mass. His appeal "for bread, clothes, arms, and men" in aid of John Brown and the anti-slavery movement would eventually lead to another speech, that given as eulogy after Brown's hanging: "...For the arch-abolitionist, older than Brown, and older than the Shenandoah Mountains, is Love. . . ."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson: Collected Poems and Translations
by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Paul Kane (Editor), Harold Bloom (Editor)
poetry
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays and Lectures
by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Joel Porte (Editor)
anthology, essays, lectures
 
The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Brooks Atkinson (Editor)
anthology, essays, poetry
 
 
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Cloudsplitter
by Russell Banks
fiction
 
The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
by Richard G. Geldard
non-fiction
 
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Academy of American Poets
Emerson biography, poetry, bibliography, and links. Selected poems include "Brahma," "Concord Hymn," "The Poet," "Song of Nature," and "The Sphinx."

"Emerson wrote a poetic prose, ordering his essays by recurring themes and images. His poetry, on the other hand, is often called harsh and didactic. ... Emerson's philosophy is characterized by its reliance on intuition as the only way to comprehend reality, and his concepts owe much to the works of Plotinus, Swedenborg, and Böhme. A believer in the 'divine sufficiency of the individual,' Emerson was a steady optimist. His refusal to grant the existence of evil caused Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry James, Sr., among others, to doubt his judgment. In spite of their skepticism, Emerson's beliefs are of central importance in the history of American culture."
Online Books Page
Find electronic texts of poems, letters, essays, addresses, and lectures. Includes The Conduct of Life, Man the Reformer, The Method of Nature, Self-Reliance, and The Young American.
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Texts
Many of Emerson's essays, lectures, and poems provided in HTML format for viewing and searching. Includes essays on self-reliance, love, friendship, heroism, intellect, art, character, nature, politics, wealth, beauty, behavior, and worship.
Ralph Waldo Emerson at Transcendentalists.com
Extensive collection of Emerson pages and links, including literary criticism and analysis, biographies, quotations, bibliographies, and essays on Transcendentalism and other subjects. A similar collection about Henry David Thoreau is also available.

"Emerson's reading, as might be imagined, was peculiarly eclectic and erratic. Mr. Cabot says he cared nothing for Shelley, Aristophanes, Don Quixote, Miss Austen, Dickens, Dante, or French literature. He rarely read a novel. But the Neo-Platonists and the Sacred Books of the East particularly engaged him, and were the inspiration of many of his mystic lines. Mr. Cabot says he lived among his books and was never comfortable away from them, yet they did not enter much into his life."
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