Read Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson Free Online


Ebook Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson read! Book Title: Selected Essays
The author of the book: Ralph Waldo Emerson
The size of the: 681 KB
City - Country: No data
Loaded: 2576 times
Reader ratings: 5.3
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: April 29th 1982
ISBN: 0140390138
ISBN 13: 9780140390131
Language: English
Format files: PDF

Read full description of the books:



Ralph Waldo Emerson believed that an appreciation of its vast natural resources would become the foundation of American culture. His assertion that human thought and actions proceed from nature, was a radical departure from the traditional European emphasis on domesticating nature to suit human needs. His philosophy is rich in common natural scenes of daily life, and expresses the inherent harmony between man and nature. This collection brings together 15 of Emerson's most significant essays, including "Nature", "The American Scholar", "Self-reliance" and "The Transcendentalist", as well as his assessments of Montaigne, Napoleon and Thoreau.


Download Selected Essays PDF Selected Essays PDF
Download Selected Essays ERUB Selected Essays PDF
Download Selected Essays DOC Selected Essays PDF
Download Selected Essays TXT Selected Essays PDF



Read information about the author

Ebook Selected Essays read Online! in 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston. Educated at Harvard and the Cambridge Divinity School, he became a Unitarian minister in 1826 at the Second Church Unitarian. The congregation, with Christian overtones, issued communion, something Emerson refused to do. "Really, it is beyond my comprehension," Emerson once said, when asked by a seminary professor whether he believed in God. (Quoted in 2,000 Years of Freethought edited by Jim Haught.) By 1832, after the untimely death of his first wife, Emerson cut loose from Unitarianism. During a year-long trip to Europe, Emerson became acquainted with such intelligentsia as British writer Thomas Carlyle, and poets Wordsworth and Coleridge. He returned to the United States in 1833, to a life as poet, writer and lecturer. Emerson inspired Transcendentalism, although never adopting the label himself. He rejected traditional ideas of deity in favor of an "Over-Soul" or "Form of Good," ideas which were considered highly heretical. His books include Nature (1836), The American Scholar (1837), Divinity School Address (1838), Essays, 2 vol. (1841, 1844), Nature, Addresses and Lectures (1849), and three volumes of poetry. Margaret Fuller became one of his "disciples," as did Henry David Thoreau.

The best of Emerson's rather wordy writing survives as epigrams, such as the famous: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." Other one- (and two-) liners include: "As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect" (Self-Reliance, 1841). "The most tedious of all discourses are on the subject of the Supreme Being" (Journal, 1836). "The word miracle, as pronounced by Christian churches, gives a false impression; it is a monster. It is not one with the blowing clover and the falling rain" (Address to Harvard Divinity College, July 15, 1838). He demolished the right wing hypocrites of his era in his essay "Worship": ". . . the louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons" (Conduct of Life, 1860). "I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship" (Self-Reliance). "The first and last lesson of religion is, 'The things that are seen are temporal; the things that are not seen are eternal.' It puts an affront upon nature" (English Traits , 1856). "The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant." (Civilization, 1862). He influenced generations of Americans, from his friend Henry David Thoreau to John Dewey, and in Europe, Friedrich Nietzsche, who takes up such Emersonian themes as power, fate, the uses of poetry and history, and the critique of Christianity. D. 1882.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was his son and Waldo Emerson Forbes, his grandson.

More: http://www.rwe.org/

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/eme...
http://transcendentalism-legacy.tamu....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Wa...
http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/201
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/ihas/poet/eme...
http://www.biography.com/people/ralph...
http://www.online-literature.com/emer...
http://www.emersoncentral.com/


Reviews of the Selected Essays


FREDDIE

The book caused contradictory feelings!

JOSEPH

A book that leaves a whole bunch of emotions after reading

IVY

An interesting book that says more than you can fit

HARRY

Why is she out! It must be endless!

RUBY

Now this book is one of my favorites!




Add a comment




Download EBOOK Selected Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson Online free

PDF: selected-essays.pdf Selected Essays PDF
ERUB: selected-essays.epub Selected Essays ERUB
DOC: selected-essays.doc Selected Essays DOC
TXT: selected-essays.txt Selected Essays TXT