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Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are few people as quoted and quotable as Ralph Waldo Emerson, founder of the transcendental movement and author of classic essays as Self-Reliance, Nature, and The American Scholar. Emerson began his career as a Unitarian minister and later put those oratory skills to move us toward a... show more



There are few people as quoted and quotable as Ralph Waldo Emerson, founder of the transcendental movement and author of classic essays as Self-Reliance, Nature, and The American Scholar. Emerson began his career as a Unitarian minister and later put those oratory skills to move us toward a better society. More remains written on him than by him.

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Birth date: May 25, 1803
Died: April 27, 1882
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Mike Finn
Mike Finn rated it 12 months ago
If ever there was a book that deserved having the term "novel" applied to it, "Old Buildings In North Texas" is it. I've never read anything quite like it. I was hooked from the start. How could I not be with an opening like this: "The situation: before they'd let me out of rehab, someone had to ...
deborahmarkus7
deborahmarkus7 rated it 5 years ago
What this essay says, in case you don't feel like reading it:1. Good poetry is pretty. Great poetry feels inevitable.2. Good poetry can tell the story of an age; great poetry is for the ages, and lives on long after the poet and his culture have rotted away.3. Great poetry makes us feel as if we've ...
MarginMan
MarginMan rated it 5 years ago
The fourth, and final, Dover poetry anthology I am reviewing. As with the others, it is an easily portable, inexpensive book. Includes work by 58 poets. Ten were born before 1600, another six in the 17th century, twelve in the 18th century, and two in the 20th century. So 28 were born in the 19th c...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 6 years ago
American philosopher and Harvard professor Stanley Cavell claims "Emerson and Thoreau... are the founding philosophers of America" and comparable to Plato. Before reading this I tackled Thoreau. Emerson was his mentor, and they were both considered part of the Transcendental circle in mid-Century Am...
janeg
janeg rated it 7 years ago
In the words of E.M. Forster, "Emerson the philosopher, a most trying man."
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