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Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
ISBN 13: 9780553213881
ISBN 10: 553213881
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Publication Date: 1990-09-01
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 416
List Price: $7.99

A new, wide-ranging selection of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most influential writings, this edition captures the essence of American Transcendentalism and illustrates the breadth of one of America’s greatest philosophers and poets.

The writings featured here show Emerson as a protester against social conformity, a lover of nature, an activist for the rights of women and slaves, and a poet of great sensitivity. As explored in this volume, Emersonian thought is a unique blend of belief in individual freedom and in humility before the power of nature. “I become a transparent eyeball,” Emerson wrote in Nature, “I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.” Written over a century ago, this passage is a striking example of the passion and originality of Emerson’s ideas, which continue to serve as a spiritual center and an ideological base for modern thought.