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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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  • “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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by ♫♥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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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