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Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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The American Transcendentalists
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edited by Lawrence Buell
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | January 2006
$18.95/26.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7509-3 (0-8129-7509-X)

Transcendentalism was the first major intellectual movement in U.S. history, championing the inherent divinity of each individual, as well as the value of collective social action. In the mid-nineteenth century, the movement took off, changing how Americans thought about religion, literature, the natural world, class distinctions, the role of women, and... Read more

Emerson: Poems
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edited by Peter Washington
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | September 2004
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-4316-3 (1-4000-4316-6)

Ralph Waldo Emerson is one of the best-loved figures in nineteenth-century American literature. 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, Emerson... Read more

The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edited by Brooks Atkinson, Introduction by Mary Oliver
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | September 2000
$18.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-78322-0 (0-679-78322-9)

Introduction by Mary Oliver
Commentary by Henry James, Robert Frost, Matthew Arnold, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Henry David Thoreau
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... Read more

Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | October 2009
$11.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-104248-0 (0-14-104248-6)

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Nature and Selected Essays
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Introduction by Larzer Ziff
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | May 2003
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-243762-9 (0-14-243762-X)

An indispensible look at Emerson's influential life philosophy

Through his writing and his own personal philosophy, Ralph Waldo Emerson unburdened his young country of Europe's traditional sense of history and showed Americans how to be creators of their own circumstances. His mandate, which called for harmony with, rather than domestication of, nature, and... Read more

The Portable Emerson
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edited by Jeffrey S. Cramer, Introduction by Jeffrey S. Cramer
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 2014
$24.00/32.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310746-0 (0-14-310746-1)

A comprehensive collection of writings by “the most influential writer of the nineteenth century” (Harold Bloom)

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s diverse body of work has done more than perhaps any other thinker to shape and define the American mind. Literary giants including Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Walt Whitman were among Emerson’s... Read more

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Bantam Classics | Paperback | September 1990
$7.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21388-1 (0-553-21388-1)

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... Read more

Representative Men
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Introduction by Brenda Wineapple
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | June 2004
$14.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7005-0 (0-8129-7005-5)

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

Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Afterword by Samuel A. Schreiner Jr., Edited by William H. Gilman, Introduction by Charles Johnson
Signet | Paperback | June 2011
$7.95/8.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53186-5 (0-451-53186-8)

A classic collection of critical essays, poems, and letters from one of the greatest minds of nineteenth-century America. Read more

The Spiritual Emerson
Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Foreword by Jacob Needleman
TarcherPerigee | Trade Paperback | July 2008
$10.00/11.00(Canada) | 978-1-58542-642-3 (1-58542-642-3)

This concise volume collects the core writings that have made Ralph Waldo Emerson into a key source of insight for spiritual seekers of every faith—with an introduction by the bestselling philosopher Jacob Needleman.

Here is the essential collection of Emerson’s spiritual thought for those readers who understand the transformative quality of ideas... Read more

Walden and Other Writings
Written by Henry David Thoreau, Edited by Brooks Atkinson, Introduction by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | November 2000
$12.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-78334-3 (0-679-78334-2)

Introduction by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Commentary by Van Wyck Brooks and E. B. White
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...

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