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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Prestwick House, Inc. (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603890165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603890168
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Transcendentalism was the first truly American philosophical movement and this nice (and cheap) edition collects some of the more canonical pieces of Transcendentalism's two greatest expounders, Emerson and Thoreau. It is ideal for students and classrooms as each piece contains a glossary that clears up outdated, or difficult, allusions and words.
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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This book is amazing. Not only does it teach the reader complex vocabulary but it also teaches the reader how to read a happy life. It connects many general topics together and constantly stresses the importance of individualism. If you can understand this book, it will be great. If you can't, do everything possible to understand it, even if it means reading it with a dictionary in front of you. It's worth it!
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Bought this for an English class, good selection of some transcendentalism works.
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