The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Paperback)

By Ralph Waldo Emerson, Brooks Atkinson (Editor), Mary Oliver (Introduction by)
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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.

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.

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.

Praise For…

"I was simmering, simmering, simmering. Emerson brought me to a boil."
--Walt Whitman

Product Details
ISBN: 9780679783220
ISBN-10: 0679783229
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: September 12th, 2000
Pages: 880
Language: English
Series: Modern Library Classics (Paperback)