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Essayist, poet, and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) propounded a transcendental idealism emphasizing self-reliance, self-culture, and individual expression. The six essays and one address included in this volume, selected from Essays, First Series (1841) and Essays, Second Series (1844), offer a representative sampling of his views outlining that moral idealism as well as a hint of the later skepticism that colored his thought. In addition to the celebrated title essay, the others included here are "History," "Friendship," "The Over-Soul," "The Poet," and "Experience," plus the well-known and frequently read Harvard Divinity School Address.
Since Emerson's essays are classics, a reviewer has to stick to the merits of the edition, choice, etc. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Paul Giurlanda
I already had an opinion before I bought it. Emerson requires much thought while read. Some will savor him, as do I. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jay H. Colborn
I only read the essay "self reliance" and already think it's one of the most inspiring book I ever read. "Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chi Lung Tam