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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Larson Publications (June 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936012464
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936012466
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,524,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Geldard's book is well worth the reading, for it's virtually impossible to come away from a visit with Emerson without feeling spiritually enriched.
--New York Journal of Books

In these pages the mind and heart of Emerson show us why we are here, both as Americans, and as individual human beings in the vast, universal world. Geldard's book offers a landmark interpretation of America's greatest philosopher. (Jacob Needleman, author of What Is God? and The American Soul )

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is the most quoted American. He speaks to and for what makes Americans American, regardless of national/religious heritage. Copies of his Essays are as common as the Bible in American homes. Voicing strong American values--self-reliance, the infinitude of the private individual, the integrity of one's own mind as what is most sacred--Emerson helps us identify, and possibly meet one another anew in, a common ground. This "landmark interpretation" of Emerson's work helps us to see how, in contrast to the American Dream, the Dream of America evokes something deeper, more fundamental, and infinitely more adequate to the immediate challenges of our personal, nationa, and global crises.

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Richard Geldard is a full-time writer and professor living in New York City and the Hudson Valley. He is married to the artist and writer Astrid Fitzgerald.

Before his present position, he taught English and philosophy at both the secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels. At the graduate levels he was a member of the faculty at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpenteria, California, where he taught the Greek Mystery Religions. Prior to that he taught Greek Philosophy and The Science of Mind at Yeshiva College in New York. From 2010 to the present, Dr Geldard is a professor of philosophy at the University of Philosophical Research in the Online Masters Degree Program. In addition to his teaching duties, he also serves as Dean of Undergraduate Studies (see uprs.edu)

Geldard is a graduate of Bowdoin College, The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College and Stanford University, where he earned his doctorate in Dramatic Literature and Classics. He has also studied at St. John's College, Oxford and was a Visiting Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece.

Geldard is the author of ten books, including studies of the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Greek philosophy and culture. He is also a frequent lecturer. In June, 2003, and September, 2003, he was a featured speaker at Faneuil Hall in Boston as part of the Emerson Bicentennial Celebrations. In June, 2005, he was the Keynote speaker at the re-instatement of the Delphic Games in Delphi, Greece.


Dr Geldard has a web presence at rgbooks.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Madia Jr. on September 29, 2010
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As I write this review, the Republican party has just unveiled its new "Pledge to America," similar to their 1994 Contract With America, which is an interesting and thought-provoking parallel to the title of this book, which, to me, is really two books in one, a notion I would like to explore up front and then move away from.
Richard Geldard, an internationally known expert on the writings of R.W. Emerson, shares his subject's passion for the state of America, including what is wrong, ideas on how to fix it, and who is to blame. While I agree in theory with much of what Geldard says in chapters such as "A Call to a Nation," "A New Great Awakening," "America as Opportunity," and "Wealth and Economy" I feel compelled to warn the reader that Geldard puts the blame squarely on the Right-Wingers and Republicans and paints what I feel is an overly optimistic portrait of what Barack Obama and his message of hope will do to change the trajectory of our country.
Just to be clear--I am in no way fond of or inclined to make excuses for the past policies of the Bush administration and their cronies, nor can I disagree with Geldard's recent blogs on the Huffington Post about Glenn Beck and the Tea Party; by the same token, I have many reservations and questions about our current president (none of which have to do with his place of birth...) and I find the author's level of faith in him and his policies to somewhat taint an otherwise thought-provoking and important book for our times.
Having warned the reader who might share my political concerns, I can move on to the real focus of this review--Geldard's expert exploration of the most applicable of Emerson's essays to these Modern Times.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lyla Yastion on October 21, 2011
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Many of us in America feel the need for healing: personal, national, and global. We feel ourselves and our country pressed down by onerous problems. Geldard takes us on a parallel journey - Emerson's in mid-19th c America and our own at the start of the 21st c. - in search of this healing. With deft and insightful application of Emerson's genius to contemporary America Geldard shows that the cultural opiates that keep us in ignorance of the divine presence within each of us - our true self-reliance - can be overcome by reconnecting to the idealistic principles of our founding as a nation. Emerson - and Geldard - help us to reawaken to our highest potential as individuals and as Americans. Read this book and be recommitted to the liberating ideas that have made this country great!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karl Maenz on October 2, 2010
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Richard Geldard reminds us that the great Emerson's ideal is not today's "American dream". Rather, it is the "Dream of America", based on values of responsible individualism. Unfortunately, we conveniently push these values aside by excessive egotism and materialism. The book lifts our level of thought to re-discover these true human values, as interpreted by Emerson. And if we read it carefully, it might help steer us to a more civilized dialogue in the current polarized political landscape. An idea - wouldn't it be nice if "Emerson and the Dream of America" became required reading for high school seniors or college juniors. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, will surely re-read it, and I promise it won't gather dust in my bookshelf. Get it, the book enriches your mind.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TT from Jersey on January 29, 2013
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I sometimes find Emerson's writings a bit dense and Richard Geldard does a fantastic job of organizing Emerson's key thoughts and explaining them. It has given me an even greater appreciation of Emerson as perhaps the greatest thinker and philosopher the US has ever produced. Also, be sure to pick-up Geldard's other book on Emerson, another 5-star read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred T. Colvin on July 17, 2010
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For those of you who value RWE - this is a must read.... I underlined some gem of truth on nearly every page.
Great job Mr. Geldard!!
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