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First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process Hardcover – March 16, 2009
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Everything Robert D. Richardson writes is phenomenal -- elegant and life-giving. He has a unique ability to turn gigantic feats of research into pure inspiration. On the way to learning about Emerson, I learn also how to live. The biographies of Thoreau, Emerson and James are all essential -- and I hope very much that there is still more to come.
Great advice for writers and enjoyment in the discoveries.
In First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson On The Creative Process Robert D. Richardson presents a marvelous and engaging little manual digging deep into the central passion of Emerson's life, who was literally in love and addicted to books. Mainly focusing on the important interconnection of reading and writing, it also thematizes the need to reflect on nature for language, the recommendation of keeping a journal or earning the attention of the audience. The reader gains not only an understanding of what fueled Emerson's creative process, but will learn a lot for own literary endeavors. This sophisticated and wonderfully engrossing book is filled with practical hints and speaks to the poet in each of us.
I recommend reading this book along with Emerson's The Poet which is one of the most significant works on expressionism in literature. Best enjoyed on a quiet afternoon with no distractions around, this is the kind of book you will want to dip in more than just once and it will reward you with new and deeper insights every time.
In short: A delightful little book on my own two passions - reading and writing - this is definitely a must-read for every author!
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Nothing wrong with the price and Seller, but the book was NOTHING like I was expecting. I barely made it through 30 pages... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeffrie S. Bond
The message that any book we read means something unique to each reader resonates with me. The feeling that we are the sum of our experiences, and that many of our experiences... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Eloise Richardson
Incredible book. Very short, but one the best books I have read.Published 13 months ago by Heath Glienke
Great book for the time invested. It's a quick biography of his reading and thinking... not too much about the events in his life. Read morePublished 17 months ago by taylor storey
Robert Richardson's short book is an extremely close look at Emerson's writings and comments about reading and writing, with enough biographical material to place Emerson's journal... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Wistful Angst
You wouldn't expect a scholar whose biographies typically run in the 500- to 700- page range to be able to distill in around 100 pages the essence of Ralph Waldo Emerson as reader... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by Heather K. Michon
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This book will result in many paper-cuts; the words of Emerson are sinew and vascular, they fight to get up of the page and into the... Read more
Richardson's fine biographies of Thoreau, Emerson and William James have a treasured place in my library, as does this little gem of a book. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by Richard Geldard