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Written by Ralph Waldo EmersonAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Introduction by Brenda WineappleAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Brenda Wineapple

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
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  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • On Sale: June 8, 2004
  • Price: $14.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-8129-7005-0 (0-8129-7005-5)
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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 Men”: Plato, in whose writings are contained “the culture of nations”; Emanuel Swedenborg, a “rich discoverer” who strove to unite the scientific and spiritual planes; Michel de Montaigne, “the frankest and honestest of all writers”; William Shakespeare, who “wrote the text of modern life”; Napoleon Bonaparte, who had the “virtues and vices” of common men writ large; and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who “in conversation, in calamity…finds new materials.”

This Modern Library Paperback Classic reflects the author’s corrections for an 1876 reprinting.