Ebooks by Ralph Waldo Emerson - online reading and free downloadRalph Waldo Emerson was an American poet, Harvard graduate, philosopher, and lecturer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in , Emerson was the son of a Unitarian minister who tragically died before the author reached the age of eight. At 14, Emerson went to Harvard College, where he started a journal that would come to be known as "Wide World. He eventually came to rest in St. Augustine, Florida, where he began writing poetry.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson May 25, — April 27,  was an American essayist, lecturer , philosopher , and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the midth century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1, public lectures across the United States. Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of transcendentalism in his essay " Nature ". Emerson wrote most of his important essays as lectures first and then revised them for print. His first two collections of essays, Essays: First Series and Essays: Second Series , represent the core of his thinking. Emerson wrote on a number of subjects, never espousing fixed philosophical tenets , but developing certain ideas such as individuality , freedom , the ability for mankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world.
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Nature is an essay that puts forth the foundation of transcendentalism, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Transcendentalism suggests that the divine, or God, suffuses nature, and suggests that reality can be understood by studying nature. TO go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society.
Philosopher, was born at Boston, Massachusetts. His father was a minister there, who had become a Unitarian, and who died in , leaving a widow with six children, of whom Ralph, then aged 8, was the second. Emerson was, however, a woman of energy, and by means of taking boarders managed to give all her sons a good education. Emerson entered Harvard in and, after passing through the usual course there, studied for the ministry, to which he was ordained in , and settled over a congregation in his native city. About the same time he lost his young wife, and his health, which had never been robust, showed signs of failing. In search of recovery he visited Europe, where he met many eminent men and formed a life-long friendship with Carlyle.