Self-Reliance and Other Essays

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016 M06 22 - 146 pages
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This superb edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-reliance and Other Essays bring the original wisdom and ideas of individualism to the reader.

Written in the 1840s when R. W. Emerson was at his prolific peak, these essays encapsulate the unique take on the world which in many ways mirrored the ascendant attitudes of the United States in the 19th century. The young country, still finding its intellectual footing, would be greatly affected by thinkers such as Emerson, whose views and outlook would come to popularly define the rapidly expanding nation of the USA.

Ralph Waldo Emerson's ideas and influence would grow thanks to the ceaseless hard work. In his lifetime Emerson would engage in over 1500 lectures to academic, religious and other audiences, spreading his ideas far and wide across the continental USA. It was his most famed essay Self-reliance which would succinctly encapsulate Emerson's passionate belief in the power of the individual to shape his own world and that of the society around him.

Valuable for his insights on the nature of mankind, art and attitude to life, Emerson has - owing to his famous essays - been valued as a historic intellectual in the US and abroad since his death in 1882.

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Known primarily as the leader of the philosophical movement transcendentalism, which stresses the ties of humans to nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and essayist, was born in Boston in 1803. From a long line of religious leaders, Emerson became the minister of the Second Church (Unitarian) in 1829. He left the church in 1832 because of profound differences in interpretation and doubts about church doctrine. He visited England and met with British writers and philosophers. It was during this first excursion abroad that Emerson formulated his ideas for Self-Reliance. He returned to the United States in 1833 and settled in Concord, Massachusetts. He began lecturing in Boston. His first book, Nature (1836), published anonymously, detailed his belief and has come to be regarded as his most significant original work on the essence of his philosophy of transcendentalism. The first volume of Essays (1841) contained some of Emerson's most popular works, including the renowned Self-Reliance. Emerson befriended and influenced a number of American authors including Henry David Thoreau. It was Emerson's practice of keeping a journal that inspired Thoreau to do the same and set the stage for Thoreau's experiences at Walden Pond. Emerson married twice (his first wife Ellen died in 1831 of tuberculosis) and had four children (two boys and two girls) with his second wife, Lydia. His first born, Waldo, died at age six. Emerson died in Concord on April 27, 1882 at the age of 78 due to pneumonia and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

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