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The Wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson as Inspiration for Daily Living

By Richard Whelan (Editor)

Harmony, Paperback, 9780517585122, 208pp.

Publication Date: November 5, 1991


A finely honed abridgement of Emerson's principal essays with an introduction that clarifies the essence of Emerson's ideas and establishes their relevance to our own troubled era. This is the first truly accessible edition of Emerson's work, revealing him to be one of America's wisest teachers.

About the Author
Richard Whelan was a cultural historian, writer, and editor who published acclaimed biographies about the photographers Robert Capa and Alfred Stieglitz, and books about the Korean War and photography. His titles include Robert Capa: A Biography and Double Take: A Comparative Look at Photographs. He died in 2007.

Praise For Self-Reliance

"Emerson is the sweetest singer of our highest moments. For anyone in search of a tonic draft of his wisdom, this book, collecting some of his most radiant moods, is a rapture and an inspiration."
--Pico Iyer

"These selections from Emerson's essays, equally severe and consoling, are remarkably current in their wisdom. They are chosen with great care by Richard Whelan, and offer a special unextinguishable light."
-- Roger Rosenblatt