About Ralph Waldo Emerson

Waldo Emerson is truly the center of the American transcendental movement, setting out most of its ideas and values in a little book, Nature published in 1836, that represented at least ten years of intense study in philosophy, religion, and literature, and in his First Series of essays.

Born in 1803 to a conservative Unitarian minister, from a long line of ministers, and a quietly devout mother, Waldo--who dropped the "Ralph" in college--was a middle son of whom relatively little was expected. His father died when he was eight, the first of many premature deaths which would shape his life--all three brothers, his first wife at 20, and his older son at 5. Perhaps the most powerful personal influence on him for years was his intellectual, eccentric, and death-obsessed Puritanical aunt, Mary Moody Emerson. Yet Emerson often confessed to an innate optimism, even occasional "silliness."

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On Nature - Ralph Waldo Emerson
What We Worship We Become - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do Not Wish For Death - Ralph Waldo Emerson
A Man's Wisdom - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Give All To Love - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Patience - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be Not the Slave - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Self-Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emmerson
Universal Mind - Ralph Waldo Emerson