Introduction by Mary Oliver
Commentary by Henry James, Robert Frost, Matthew Arnold, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Henry David Thoreau
The definitive collection of Emerson's major speeches, essays, and poetry, "The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson" chronicles the life's work of a true "American Scholar." As one of the architects of the transcendentalist movement, Emerson embraced a philosophy that championed the individual, emphasized independent thought, and prized "the splendid labyrinth of one's own perceptions." More than any writer of his time, he forged a style distinct from his European predecessors and embodied and defined what it meant to be an American. Matthew Arnold called Emerson's essays "the most important work done in prose."
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About the Author
Philosophe, essayiste et poete, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) est une figure de proue du transcendantalisme americain. D'une grande rigueur morale, ce maitre a penser de sa generation s'efforcera, sa vie durant, d'appliquer les idees transcendantalistes a la vie politique et culturelle de son pays dans laquelle il est pleinement engage car l'homme de lettres est aussi un homme public qui defendra notamment la cause du Nord pendant la guerre de Secession.
Mary Oliver is one of the most celebrated and best-selling poets in America. Her books include Red Bird; Our World; Thirst; Blue Iris; New and Selected Poems, Volume One; and New and Selected Poems, Volume Two. She has also published five books of prose, including Rules for the Dance and, most recently, Long Life. She lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
"I was simmering, simmering, simmering. Emerson brought me to a boil."