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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

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Known primarily as the leader of the philosophical movement transcendentalism, which stresses the ties of humans to nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and essayist, was born in Boston in 1803. From a long line of religious leaders, Emerson became the minister of the Second Church mostrar mais (Unitarian) in 1829. He left the church in 1832 because of profound differences in interpretation and doubts about church doctrine. He visited England and met with British writers and philosophers. It was during this first excursion abroad that Emerson formulated his ideas for Self-Reliance. He returned to the United States in 1833 and settled in Concord, Massachusetts. He began lecturing in Boston. His first book, Nature (1836), published anonymously, detailed his belief and has come to be regarded as his most significant original work on the essence of his philosophy of transcendentalism. The first volume of Essays (1841) contained some of Emerson's most popular works, including the renowned Self-Reliance. Emerson befriended and influenced a number of American authors including Henry David Thoreau. It was Emerson's practice of keeping a journal that inspired Thoreau to do the same and set the stage for Thoreau's experiences at Walden Pond. Emerson married twice (his first wife Ellen died in 1831 of tuberculosis) and had four children (two boys and two girls) with his second wife, Lydia. His first born, Waldo, died at age six. Emerson died in Concord on April 27, 1882 at the age of 78 due to pneumonia and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-Reliance and Other Essays (1993) 1,559 cópias
Essays and Lectures (1983) 1,002 cópias
Self-Reliance (1841) 734 cópias
Essays and English Traits (1909) 511 cópias
Nature (1836) 447 cópias
Selected Essays (1949) 435 cópias
Nature and Selected Essays (2003) 351 cópias
Representative Men (1850) 294 cópias
Essays: First Series (1841) 231 cópias
The Portable Emerson (1946) 225 cópias
Emerson: Poems (1887) 158 cópias
Nature (2008) 149 cópias
Essays: Second Series (1844) 147 cópias
The Conduct of Life (1863) 129 cópias
English Traits (1856) 101 cópias
Emerson on man & God (1961) 92 cópias
Father, We Thank You (2000) 88 cópias
Friendship (1899) 78 cópias
Society and Solitude (1870) 72 cópias
The Annotated Emerson (2012) 67 cópias
Emerson in His Journals (1775) 64 cópias
Nature and Other Writings (2003) 58 cópias
On Love and Friendship (1896) 50 cópias
Journals (1960) 44 cópias
Letters and social aims (1876) 38 cópias
Emerson: A Modern Anthology (1958) 38 cópias
Compensation (1903) 35 cópias
Natural History of Intellect (1893) 34 cópias
The American Scholar (1955) 32 cópias
Miscellanies (1884) 22 cópias
Divinity School Address (1938) 19 cópias
Parnassus (1874) 16 cópias
Emerson's Literary Criticism (1979) 16 cópias
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Selected Prose and Poetry (1959) — Autor — 15 cópias
The Apology (2016) 15 cópias
Friendship & other essays (2018) 13 cópias
Poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1885) 11 cópias
The Transcendalist (2008) 10 cópias
Emerson: Selected Essays (1982) 10 cópias
America's Natural Beauty (1993) 10 cópias
The Emerson Birthday-Book (1881) 9 cópias
Uses of great men (2017) 9 cópias
Essays and Other Writings (1907) 8 cópias
Character (2017) 8 cópias
Zeven essays 8 cópias
De overziel (2005) 7 cópias
The Poet (1990) 7 cópias
May-Day and Other Pieces (2011) 7 cópias
Spiritual Law (2007) 6 cópias
La conducta de la vida (1901) 5 cópias
Emerson's Poems 4 cópias
History (2007) 4 cópias
Circles (2010) 4 cópias
Insanin Gorkemi (2013) 4 cópias
The works of Emerson (1928) 4 cópias
An address (2018) 3 cópias
In Praise of Books (2005) 3 cópias
Character and Other Essays (1903) 3 cópias
Intellect (2012) 3 cópias
Success (2015) 3 cópias
Läroår, ur dagböckerna (1992) 3 cópias
Thoreau (2004) 3 cópias
Spiritualni zakoni (2012) 2 cópias
Dalla Sicilia alle Alpi (2003) 2 cópias
Confia em ti 2 cópias
Compter sur soi (1841) 2 cópias
Fate 2 cópias
Diario intimo (2018) 2 cópias
Nature and art, 2 cópias
Farming (An Essay) (2011) 2 cópias
The Oversoul 2 cópias
Scholar américain (Le) (2013) 2 cópias
Complete Poems (2013) 2 cópias
Pensamientos para el futuro (2003) 2 cópias
Manners (1990) 2 cópias
Uncollected Prose (2004) 2 cópias
Demonology (An Essay) (2004) 2 cópias
Shakespeare or the Poet (2017) 2 cópias
Pearls of wisdom 2 cópias
An Emerson treasury (1989) 2 cópias
Selected Poems (2016) 2 cópias
Prose Works (1875) 2 cópias
Miscellanies, vol. 1 (2013) 2 cópias
Selected Works 2 cópias
Gedanken (2011) 2 cópias
Emerson's Essays, Vol 1. (1895) 2 cópias
Essays Emerson (1978) 2 cópias
İnsandaki Mucize (2019) 2 cópias
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A Natureza (2001) 1 exemplar(es)
“Experience” 1 exemplar(es)
Upravljanje životom 1 exemplar(es)
Die Tagebücher 1 exemplar(es)
O prirodi (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Friendship : selections 1 exemplar(es)
Esaios (2003) 1 exemplar(es)
Doga (2020) 1 exemplar(es)
Yasamin Idaresi (2020) 1 exemplar(es)
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Natura. Ediz. integrale (2021) 1 exemplar(es)
Freindship 1 exemplar(es)
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Compensation and Heroism 1 exemplar(es)
Experience [Annotated] 1 exemplar(es)
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Essays 1 exemplar(es)
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Naturalesa 1 exemplar(es)
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Versuche (Essays) 1 exemplar(es)
Art of Successful Living (2005) 1 exemplar(es)
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Poems (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
Doğa (2015) 1 exemplar(es)
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John Brown 1 exemplar(es)
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Carlyle 1 exemplar(es)
Ezra Ripley, D.D. 1 exemplar(es)
Indian superstition 1 exemplar(es)
Nature & Self-Reliance (2012) 1 exemplar(es)
The secrets of success (2001) 1 exemplar(es)
Essential Emerson CD (2008) 1 exemplar(es)
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Emerson's Writings (1875) 1 exemplar(es)
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Letters to Emma Lazarus (1939) 1 exemplar(es)
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Saggi 1 exemplar(es)
Emerson's Parnassus 1 exemplar(es)
Essays On Fate And Illusions (2006) 1 exemplar(es)
Szkice. Ser. 1, cz. 1 (1994) 1 exemplar(es)
Promenades à Concord (2008) 1 exemplar(es)
Selected Writings of 1 exemplar(es)
Essays. Zweiter Teil 1 exemplar(es)
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Memory (An Essay) 1 exemplar(es)
Platón (2008) 1 exemplar(es)
Success, Greatness, Immortality (2010) 1 exemplar(es)
L'âme anglaise 1 exemplar(es)
Pray Without Ceasing 1 exemplar(es)
Selected Journals 1 exemplar(es)
Emerson at Middlebury College (1999) 1 exemplar(es)
Early lectures 1 exemplar(es)
Emerson Selected Essays (1903) 1 exemplar(es)
Emerson poetry 1 exemplar(es)
Prose Works, 2 Vol. Set (1869) 1 exemplar(es)
Napoleon: The Man of the World (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Complete Works vol. 4 1 exemplar(es)
Emerson day by day [Hardcover] (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Självförtröstan (2016) 1 exemplar(es)
Complete Works vol. 12 1 exemplar(es)
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Nature: Deluxe Illustrated Edition (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
The Conservative (2013) 1 exemplar(es)
Representative Men/Poems (1903) 1 exemplar(es)
Ausgewählte Texte. (1990) 1 exemplar(es)
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History 1 exemplar(es)

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Audio: 1/1/2012; 14 hrs., 2 min.; Blackstone Publishing 9781483067704;

I have long wanted to read Emerson, so finally downloaded this collection of his Essays from Overload. What reminded me that I'd wanted to get familiar with his essays was the book on Oliver Wendell Holmes. It had mentioned that Emerson was one of his father’s friends whom he’d met as a boy and came to admire especially while in college and forever after. I did enjoy listening to these essays, but I have to confess much of it called for more thinking than listening straight through allows for. The man liked to write poetically, in fact every essay begins with a poem. It seems to me he writes ambiguously and obscurely. Or maybe it just seems so to me because so much of the language, or the way it was used wasn’t familiar.
From the “Gifts” essay for example: "Flowers and fruits are always fit presents; flowers, because they are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. These gay natures contrast with the somewhat stern countenance of ordinary nature: they are like music heard out of a work-house. Nature does not cocker us: we are children, not pets: she is not fond: everything is dealt to us without fear or favor, after severe universal laws. Yet these delicate flowers look like the frolic and interference of love and beauty."
I understand the passage now, but at first listen, I needed more time. The first line is clear enough, although I am not certain I agree. I know many a recipient of a gift of flowers who have deigned them impersonal, common, and slap-dash. The next line though, requires that I consider nature and search my mind for what might be meant by “ordinary nature” as opposed to flowers, and what about it presents a stern countenance. And, of course, I’m not familiar with work-houses, but presumably they were devoted to some sort of labor so a little thought makes it clear that music coming from one might seem cheerily incongruous and might brighten its mood a little. “Cocker” isn’t a word I commonly hear, but I assume it is the same as cockle, similar to coddle. But I don’t understand how nature treats us more childlike than pet-like—or what nature would have to do to cocker us, and if it did, would we then be pet-like? See what I mean about it taking more consideration than one has time for listening to it straight through? So, audio, for me, isn’t really the most appropriate format for this.
I did learn that Emerson had no interest in the occult arts—in one of the essays he states that to the selfish, astronomy becomes astrology, and then I think, anatomy becomes phrenology, and there is a third one.
And then, compassion doesn’t seem to be a valued trait, as in the “Self Reliance” essay, he says, “Do not tell me, as a good man did today, of my obligation to put all poor men in good situations. Are they my poor? I tell thee, thou foolish philanthropist, that I grudge the dollar, the dime, the cent, I give to such men as do not belong to me and to whom I do not belong.” I shouldn’t say I never feel this way myself, but its not something I admire in myself or others or would necessarily advise emulating.
I did enjoy listening to these essays though.
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essays are available at the Gutenberg Project, complete with a glossary for many of the terms. This would be the better mode to consume I believe.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882). According to Wikipedia, he went by his middle name, Waldo, and “was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th 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 1,500 public lectures across the United States.”

Jeff Riggenbach (January 12, 1947?) I’m not sure I found the right Jeff Riggenbach online, but if it’s the fellow with this birthday, he is an advocate of the Libertarian movement. It makes sense to me that such a fellow would enjoy narrating Emerson’s essays, so I’m thinking I found the right one. At any rate he has a good narrative voice for this.

GENRE: Philosophy
LOCATIONS: Boston, Massachusetts

From "Nature"
"It seems as if the day was not wholly profane, in which we have given heed to some natural object. The fall of snowflakes in a still air, preserving to each crystal its perfect form; the blowing of sleet over a wide sheet of water, and over plains; the waving rye-fields; the mimic waving of acres of houstonia, whose inumerable florets whiten and riplle before the eye; the reflections of trees and flowers in glassy lakes; the musical steaming odorous south wind, which converts all trees to wind-harps, the crackly and spurting of hemlocki in the flames; or of pine-logs, which yield glory to the walls and faces in the sitting-room,---these are the music and pictures of the most ancient religion"

RATING: I give this a three, but I suspect if I spent some time reading the print I would come to appreciate it more.

… (mais)
TraSea | outras 6 resenhas | Apr 29, 2024 |
LOVED this admonishment to be one's self, and speak one's mind! Here's a brief excerpt--
"To believe your own thought, to believe what is true for you in your private heart, is true for all men, --that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for always the inmost in due time becomes the outmost, --and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment. Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each, the highest merit we ascribe to Moses, Plato, and Milton, is that they set at naught books and traditions, and spoke not what men, but what they thought. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility then most when the cry of voices is on the other side. Else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another."… (mais)
TraSea | outras 8 resenhas | Apr 29, 2024 |
Some of the essays I really love, others not so much. I do find the language difficult - or maybe "hard to parse" would be a better description. But for the best of the essays, it's worth the struggle. The others make good reading when I can't sleep.
tgraettinger | 1 outra resenha | Mar 22, 2024 |
It's a bit disturbing to my enjoyment when Emerson starts waxing poetic about Galtian overlords unlocking the wisdom of coal and whatnot
audient_void | 1 outra resenha | Jan 6, 2024 |



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