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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Description
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
Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1803. A self-proclaimed "Naturalist," Emerson founded a distinctly American philosophy emphasizing optimism, individuality, and mysticism. In the 1840's, his essays, speeches, and poetry defined him as a central character in the Trancendental movement, and ultimately shaped him into one of the most influential literary figures of the nineteenth century. He died of pneumonia in 1882 in Concord, Massachusetts.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. Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1803. A self-proclaimed "Naturalist," Emerson founded a distinctly American philosophy emphasizing optimism, individuality, and mysticism. In the 1840's, his essays, speeches, and poetry defined him as a central character in the Trancendental movement, and ultimately shaped him into one of the most influential literary figures of the nineteenth century. He died of pneumonia in 1882 in Concord, Massachusetts.
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