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The writings featured here show Emerson as a protester against social conformity, a lover of nature, an activist for the rights of women and slaves, and a poet of great sensitivity. As explored in this volume, Emersonian thought is a unique blend of belief in individual freedom and in humility before the power of nature. "I become a transparent eyeball," Emerson wrote in Nature, "I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part of parcel of God." Written over a century ago, this passage is a striking example of the passion and originality of Emerson's ideas, which continue to serve as a spiritual center and an ideological base for modern thought.
Emersons' essays reflect all aspects of his life--as an upper-class Bostonian and as one of the truly radical thinkers of the 20th century. His essays focus on a wide variety of topics, including history, love, manners and nature, and in all, his unique worldview is given in breathtaking prose. 335 pages, softcover.
Emerson's enduring power is apparent everywhere in American literature: there is scarcely a writer or philosopher who has not been touched by his vision. The first volume of his writing in the Library of America covers his most productive period, and encompasses his richest and most important works. Here in their entirety are the books that established Emerson's colossal reputaion as our most eloquent champion of individualism and as a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society. Included are such renowned works as "The American Scholar" (which Oliver Wendell Holmes called "our intellectual Declaration of Independence"), the controversial "Divinity School Address," which led to Emerson's leaving the ministry to pursue a fiercely independent course, the inspiring summons to "Self-Reliance." No other volume conveys so comprehensively the exhilaration and exploratory energy of perhaps America's greatest writer.
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."
Ralph Waldo Emerson's brilliance as a prose writer has too long overshadowed his remarkable gifts as a poet. This collection gathers both published and unpublished work--poems left in manuscript at his death and hitherto available only in drastically edited or specialized scholarly versions--to offer all readers for the first time the full range of Emerson's poetry. Here are the three book-length collections and magazine publications, along with the best of the astonishing poems from his manuscripts, journals, and notebooks, freer and more unconventional in both form and subject matter. Also included are translations of Persian poems, whose sensuality and mysticism were profound influence, and of Dante's La Vita Nuova. Displacing all previous editions in its comprehensiveness and textual authority, this volume reveals the ecstatic and meditative sides of one of the greatest of all American writers.
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