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Transcendentalism: Essential Essays of Emerson & Thoreau Perfect Paperback – February 1, 2008
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Simplicity and self reliance were the two greatest tenets of transcendentalism and the essays in this collection certainly pound on that theme. However, two of the Thoreau selections (Civil Disobedience & Walden) touch on the purpose of nature in our lives and our role / relationship to our government. Both are massively relevant to almost any time and it is the universality of their themes that make them necessary reading.
Emerson and Thoreau were clearly great and original thinkers, and so one can get past their hypocrisy and numerous double standards throughout their writing. Reading the transcendentalists forces one to think about themselves.
To that, all I can say is awesome.
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These writings seemed dated, a far cry from today's fast-paced to-the-point writings. Lots of static description and cerebral musing, especially slow in Thoreau's survey of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Lori T. Sly