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Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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, continuing a long line of ministers in his family. He traveled widely and lectured, and became well known for his publications Essays and Nature.

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Emerson: Poems

Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: September 14, 2004
Price: $14.95

Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the best-loved figures in 19th-century American literature, and though he earned his central place in our culture as an essayist and philosopher, since his death his reputation as a poet has grown as well.
Known for challenging traditional thought and for his faith in the individual... Read more >
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Emerson: Poems

Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: July 18, 2012
Price: $9.99

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The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Edited by Brooks Atkinson
Introduction by Mary Oliver


Format: Trade Paperback, 880 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $16.95

The definitive collection of Emerson's major speeches, essays, and poetry, The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson chronicles the life's work of a true "American Scholar."

As one of the architects of the transcendentalist movement, Emerson embraced a philosophy that championed the individual, emphasized independent thought, and prized "the splendid labyrinth of... Read more >
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The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Edited by Brooks Atkinson


Format: eBook
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: September 30, 2009
Price: $13.99

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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Format: eBook
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: December 26, 2006
Price: $4.99

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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Selected Essays, Lectures and Poems
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: September 1, 1990
Price: $7.99

Edited and with a Foreword by Robert D. Richardson, Jr. This edition contains “Nature” as well as excerpts from Essays, First Series; Essays, Second Series; and Representative Men. A wide selection of Emerson’s poems–and other essays spanning his entire career–is also included. Read more >
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Representative Men
Seven Lectures
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Introduction by Brenda Wineapple


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: June 8, 2004
Price: $14.95

Introduction by Brenda Wineapple

In 1845 Ralph Waldo Emerson began a series of lectures and writings in which he limned six figures who embodied the principles and aspirations of a still-young American republic. Emerson offers timeless meditations on the value of individual greatness, reconnecting readers with the everyday virtues of his “Representative... Read more >
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Representative Men
Seven Lectures
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Introduction by Brenda Wineapple


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $11.99

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Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
(A Modern Library E-Book)
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Format: eBook, 864 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 1, 2000
Price: $9.99

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Walden and Other Writings

Written by Henry David Thoreau
Edited by Brooks Atkinson
Introduction by Ralph Waldo Emerson


Format: Trade Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 14, 2000
Price: $12.00

Naturalist, philosopher, champion of self-reliance and moral independence, Henry David Thoreau remains not only one of our most influential writers but also one of our most contemporary. This unique and comprehensive edition gathers all of Thoreau's most significant works (including his masterpiece Walden, reproduced in its entirety). Taken together, they reveal... Read more >
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