The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson

By Ralph Waldo Emerson; Jean Ferguson Carr; Ralph Waldo Emerson (Editor)
(Belknap Press, Paperback, 9780674267206, 410pp.)

Publication Date: April 1987

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Emerson, Alfred Kazin observes in his Introduction, "was a great writer who turned the essay into a form all his own." His celebrated essays--the twelve published in "Essays: First Series" (1841) and eight in "Essays: Second Series" (1844)--are here presented for the first time in an authoritative one-volume edition, which incorporates all the changes and corrections Emerson made after their initial publication.



About the Author
Herman Melville said that Ralph Waldo Emerson possessed a "self-conceit so intensely intellectual that at first one hesitates to call it by its right name," though he later admitted Emerson was "a great man." Both were probably true. The Sage of Concord gave more than 1500 speeches in his lifetime, and Self-Reliance is probably his most important work.

Lucille M. Schultz is a professor of English at the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of "The Young Composers: Composition's Beginnings in Nineteenth-Century Schools," winner of the 2000 Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association of Ohio.
Jean Ferguson Carr, an associate professor of English and women's studies at the University of Pittsburgh, is the coeditor of the Pittsburgh Series in Composition, Literacy, and Culture.
Stephen L. Carr is an associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.


Herman Melville said that Ralph Waldo Emerson possessed a "self-conceit so intensely intellectual that at first one hesitates to call it by its right name," though he later admitted Emerson was "a great man." Both were probably true. The Sage of Concord gave more than 1500 speeches in his lifetime, and Self-Reliance is probably his most important work.
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