Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Narrator: Phil Paonessa
Genres: Literature, Essays & Anthologies
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Published In: August 2018
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 9 hours
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Overview

In 1834, Ralph Waldo Emerson, formerly a Unitarian minister, began a new career as a public lecturer. Many of those lectures formed the source material for his essays. Nature (1836), his first published work, contained the essence of his transcendental philosophy, which involved viewing the world of natural phenomena as a symbol of the inner life and emphasizing individual freedom and self-reliance. This collection contains eleven of his most celebrated and memorable essays from this period: "Self-Reliance," "Nature," "Circles," "Friendship," "Heroism," "Prudence," "Compensation," "Gifts," "Manners," "Shakespeare; Or, the Poet," and "The American Scholar."

Author Details

Author Details

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1803. A self-proclaimed "Naturalist," Emerson founded a distinctly American philosophy emphasizing optimism, individuality, and mysticism. In the 1840's, his essays, speeches, and poetry defined him as a central character in the Trancendental movement, and ultimately shaped him into one of the most influential literary figures of the nineteenth century. He died of pneumonia in 1882 in Concord, Massachusetts.