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Self-Reliance: The Wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson as Inspiration for Daily Living Paperback – November 5, 1991
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This abridgement of 16 of Emerson's essays claims to present the "essence of Emerson." By extracting what he considers to be Emerson's most spiritually satisfying passages, Whelan attempts to make him more accessible to those who may be inspired by his optimistic romanticism but balk at the sustained effort needed to read the full essays. The book aims to be popular, but that does not make the cavalier editing more palatable. Long passages are silently deleted from the essays; Emerson's substantial paragraphs are often divided into several bite-sized ones; and blocks of text are sometimes rearranged. Libraries that wish to strengthen their Emerson collection would be better off purchasing an additional copy of The Library of America volume of Emerson's essays and lectures, thereby giving their patrons the chance to decide for themselves which of Emerson's words offer the greatest sustenance.
- Steve Gowler, Wofford Coll. Lib., Spartanburg, S.C.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Emerson is the sweetest singer of our highest moments. For anyone in search of a tonic draft of his wisdom, this book, collecting some of his most radiant moods, is a rapture and an inspiration."
"These selections from Emerson's essays, equally severe and consoling, are remarkably current in their wisdom. They are chosen with great care by Richard Whelan, and offer a special unextinguishable light."
-- Roger Rosenblatt
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Excellent , succinct readings from Emerson's works.
There is no wishy-washy New Age type advice in Emerson. He knew genuine self-development is not for the weak-willed or the lazy. ‘Self Reliance’ is an essential essay.A quote I have treasured for decades goes: ‘…though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed upon that plot of ground which is given him to till.’ This and many other extracts are worth writing down and learning until they lodge in the very core of your being.
To follow your own star, as Emerson advises, is not easy. You have to break out of the collective mind and think for yourself. This is hard to do at any time, and especially so today when there is so much media swamping our consciousness. The more experience of life we have, the more we can appreciate the wisdom of Emerson. He is for the long haul. His writings will be faithful friends to knowing souls for a lifetime. But, get the unabridged essays!