This volume, edited by Carl Bode in collaboration with Malcolm Cowley, presents the essential Emerson, selected from works that eloquently express the philosophy of a worldly idealist. The Portable Emerson comprises essays, including "History," "Self-Reliance," "The Over-Soul," "Circles," and "The Poet"; Emersons first book, Nature, in its entirety; twenty-two poems, including "Uriel," "The Humble-Bee," and "Give All to Love"; orations, including "The American Scholar," "The Fugitive Slave Law," and "John Brown"; English Traits, complete; and biographical essays on Plato, Napoleon, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Carlyle, and others.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882) was an essayist, poet, philosopher, lecturer, and abolitionist whose ideas championed the importance of individualism and nature.
Jeffrey S. Cramer is the Curator of Collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. He is the editor of the award-winning Walden: A Fully Annotated Edition, The Quotable Thoreau, among other books. He lives in Maynard, Massachusetts.
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