This concise volume collects the core writings that have made Ralph Waldo Emerson into a key source of insight for spiritual seekers of every faith with an introduction by the bestselling philosopher Jacob Needleman.
Here is the essential collection of Emerson's spiritual thought for those readers who understand the transformative quality of ideas. It is concise and suited to years of rereading and contemplation, offering the essays that trace the arc of the inner message brought by America's " Yankee Mystic."
"The Spiritual Emerson" features many of Emerson's landmark works. Yet also included are overlooked classics, such as the essays Fate and Success, which served as major sources of inspiration to some of the leading American metaphysical thinkers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The introduction by religious scholar and philosopher Jacob Needleman frames historically and philosophically the development of Emerson's thought and explores why it has such a powerful hold on us today.
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.
Jacob Needleman is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University and the author of many books, including "The Essential Marcus Aurelius", "Why Can't We Be Good?", "The American Soul", "The Wisdom of Love", "Time and the Soul", "The Heart of Philosophy", "Lost Christianity", and "Money and the Meaning of Life."