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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,087 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2011 ISBN: 9781470806392
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Here in one volume are both the Essays: First Series and Essays: Second Series from one of the most influential philosophers in American history.

Although Ralph Waldo Emerson, perhaps America’s most famous philosopher, did not wish to be referred to as a transcendentalist, he is nevertheless considered the founder of this major movement of nineteenth-century American thought. Emerson was influenced by a liberal religious training; theological study; personal contact with the Romanticists Coleridge, Carlyle, and Wordsworth; and a strong indigenous sense of individualism and self-reliance. Emerson’s best work was done between 1836 and 1860, a period which includes his famous Essays.

These essays contain his most important writing and radiate with sensitivity and wonder. Here Emerson’s prose shows him to be both a vigorous thinker and a profound mystic, a man of exquisite feeling combined with stern moral fiber. His strong love of retirement from life, contemplation of the sublime and the mystic, his self-reliance, and his strong character left their stamp not only on such writers as Thoreau, Whitman, and Emily Dickinson but also on the American character at large.

This collection includes the following:

First Series:

  1. History
  2. Self-Reliance
  3. Compensation
  4. Spiritual Laws
  5. Love
  6. Friendship
  7. Prudence
  8. Heroism
  9. The Over-Soul
  10. Circles
  11. Intellect
  12. Art

 

Second Series:

  1. The Poet
  2. Experience
  3. Character
  4. Manners
  5. Gifts
  6. Nature
  7. Politics
  8. Nominalist and Realist
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Emerson’s Essays proclaim the self-reliance of a man who believed himself representative of all men since he felt himself intuitively aware of God’s universal truths. He spoke to a nineteenth century that was ready for an emphasis on individualism and responsive to a new optimism that linked God, nature, and man into a magnificent cosmos…Scholars have written innumerable articles and books attempting to account for Emerson’s influence—which continues to be profound—on American thought. If agreement is ever reached, it seems likely that it will involve acceptance of the claim that Emerson, whatever his value as a philosopher, gave stirring expression to the American faith in the creative capacity of the individual soul.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ♫♥LEXI♥♫ | 2/18/2014

    " Read "Self-Reliance" and "The Over-soul" for class. I really liked Emerson's ideas and his writing style (much more than Thoreau). I especially liked "The Over-soul." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stef | 1/30/2014

    " This powerful essay is as relevant today as it was in 1841. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth Hanson | 1/24/2014

    " Pure and simple... "Self-Reliance" was life-altering. My personal philosophy of life is largely grounded in the ideals that are so well articulated and espoused in this short work. It's like scripture to me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manako Epling | 1/23/2014

    " I really just jumped around and read a few of his speeches, but i still thought that Emerson, and Thoreau, both greatly influence the way that we see the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christian | 1/20/2014

    " i dislke Emerson and his nonsensical text progression. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandra | 1/14/2014

    " Talk about 'little minds.' What a contradictory piece of shit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianna | 1/7/2014

    " I only read Self-Reliance. It was an easy read for me and I related to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Noce | 12/28/2013

    " Some great tidbits on life in here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glenn Bruce | 12/20/2013

    " One of the great influences of my youth. A terrific book about being a good American. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Gonzalez | 12/8/2013

    " Some ideas and principles are classic and timeless. These essays are full of thought-provoking ideas. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Comicstrip | 11/23/2013

    " Hard to read at first, but I really enjoyed it. Some really great ideas in the book. It really helped open my mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ishan | 11/15/2013

    " an approach to life...unlimited in its truth "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christopher | 8/3/2013

    " One of the best gifts I've gotten. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 7/9/2013

    " Okay, the truth is I haven't really read much of Emerson since college, but it impressed me greatly then, and I think he is a must-read in American lit. When I have run across Emerson in the years since, I have not been disappointed. He still resounds with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte | 6/28/2013

    " Whether you agree or not or sometimes find yourself questioning what in the world he is thinking, Emerson deserves a look and a second and a third. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 3/24/2013

    " I should read Self-Reliance every year, make it an annual event, a reminder to be true to myself. A literary prescription for confidence, peace and presence of mind. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 2/6/2013

    " Another favorite from the classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 7/17/2012

    " I love Ralph Waldo! I can only understand 1 out of every 5 things he says, but the parts I am getting are brilliant. I hear the American Scholar essay is fantastic. Can't wait to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 6/10/2012

    " Great essays. Not dated, timelessly powerful and very fulfilling to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francine | 5/27/2012

    " This book got me through some difficult times. It helped me deal with death and pain and helped me eventually reach forgiveness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelina | 5/2/2012

    " I adore Emerson, and Self Reliance is my favorite of all his essays! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dani Kolanis | 4/7/2012

    " I particularly enjoyed the essay on Self Reliance and Friendship: be true to your thoughts and feelings and always live in the present is the overarching theme of his work. A great read! "

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About the Author
Author Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) was a renowned lecturer and writer whose ideas on philosophy, religion, and literature influenced many writers, including Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman. After an undergraduate career at Harvard, he studied at Harvard Divinity School and became an ordained minister. He led the transcendentalist movement in America in the mid-nineteenth century. He is perhaps most well known for his publications Essays and Nature.

About the Narrator

Jeff Riggenbach has narrated numerous titles for Blackstone Audio and won an AudioFile Earphones Award. An author, contributing editor, and producer, he has worked in radio in San Francisco for the last thirty years, earning a Golden Mike Award for journalistic excellence.