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Emerson: The Ideal in America


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The first video biography of "America's Founding Thinker," Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson's belief in "the infinitude of the private man" still resonates with spiritual seekers today. Most people know Emerson's essay, "Self-Reliance," but there is much more to the fascinating life of the man and his circle, which included Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and Margaret Fuller. You will never look at Emerson--or yourself--quite the same way again.

Includes interviews with Robert D. Richardson Jr., author of "Emerson: The Mind on Fire;" Richard G. Geldard, author of "God in Concord;" Barbara Solowey, teacher and lecturer; Richard Grossman, author and psychotherapist; and Sarah Ann Wider, Professor of English, Colgate University.

"Why should we not also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should we not have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?" (Nature, 1836)

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  • Actors: Jim Manley, Stephen Newman, Robert D. Richardson Jr., Richard G. Geldard, Barbara Solowey
  • Directors: David A. Beardsley
  • Writers: David A. Beardsley
  • Producers: The Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: CustomFlix
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000OPPBA0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,917 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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