By Robert D. Richardson

ISBN-10: 0520206894

ISBN-13: 9780520206892

Ralph Waldo Emerson is likely one of the most vital figures within the historical past of yank idea, faith, and literature. The energy of his writings and the unsettling strength of his instance proceed to steer us greater than 100 years after his loss of life. Now Robert D. Richardson Jr. brings to existence an Emerson very varied from the previous stereotype of the passionless Sage of harmony. Drawing on an unlimited volume of latest fabric, together with correspondence one of the Emerson brothers, Richardson offers us a lucrative highbrow biography that also is a portrait of the complete man.These pages current a tender suitor, a grief-stricken widower, an affectionate father, and a guy with an abiding genius for friendship. the good spokesman for individualism and self-reliance seems to were a great neighbor, an activist citizen, a devoted brother. here's an Emerson who knew the way to chortle, who was once self-doubting in addition to self-reliant, and who grew to become the best highbrow adventurer of his age.Richardson has, up to attainable, allow Emerson converse for himself via his released works, his many journals and notebooks, his letters, his suggested conversations. this isn't simply a learn of Emerson's writing and his impression on others; it's Emerson's existence as he skilled it. We see the failed minister, the suffering author, the political reformer, the poetic liberator.The Emerson of this e-book not just encouraged Thoreau, Fuller, Whitman, Dickinson, and Frost, he additionally encouraged Nietzsche, William James, Baudelaire, Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, and Jorge Luis Borges. Emerson's timeliness is chronic and outstanding: his insistence that literature and technological know-how usually are not separate cultures, his emphasis at the worthy of each person, his appreciate for nature.Richardson supplies cautious cognizance to the big diversity of Emerson's readings--from Persian poets to George Sand--and to his many friendships and private encounters--from Mary Moody Emerson to the Cherokee chiefs in Boston--evoking either the guy and the days during which he lived. all through this ebook, Emerson's unquenchable power reaches around the a long time, and his carry on us endures.

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He who can make none is but a shadow; he who can make much is a hero. William James Page 1 THE STUDENT Page 3 1. Prologue On March 29, 1832, the twenty-eight-year-old Emerson visited the tomb of his young wife, Ellen, who had been buried a year and two months earlier. He was in the habit of walking from Boston out to her grave in Roxbury every day, but on this particular day he did more than commune with the spirit of the departed Ellen: he opened the coffin. Ellen had been young and pretty. She was seventeen when they were engaged, eighteen when married, and barely twenty when she died of advanced tuberculosis.

29. Each and All. 30. Confluence. Nature 187 31. Lidian. 32. The New Jerusalem. 33. The Art of Writing. Jakob Boehme. 34. Marriage Page viii and Concord. 35. Alcott and English Literature. 36. All in Each: Writing Nature. 37. Nature: The Laws of the World. 38. Nature: The Apocalypse of the Mind. 39. Margaret Fuller. Go Alone 243 40. The Symposium. 41. The Forging of the Anchor. 42. We Are Not Children of Time. 43. The American Scholar. 44. Casting Off. 45. Human Culture. 46. The Peace Principle and the Cherokee Trail of Tears.

59. The Frightful Hollows of Space. Children of the Fire 361 60. The Dream of Community. 61. Children of the Fire. 62. Emerson's Dial. 63. New Views. 64. The World. 65. The Young American. 66. Emerson's Emancipation Address. 67. Essays on Power. 68. Ex Oriente Lux. The Natural History of Intellect 411 69. Representative Men. 70. The Lecturer. 71. Persia and Poetry. 72. The New Domestic Order. Poems. 73. The Orchard Keeper. 74. I Shall Never Graduate. 75. England. 76. The Natural History of Intellect.

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