Some were a bit dry or over my head, but if you are a fan of nature, have previously enjoyed Emerson's well-known quotes and essays, or are fascinated by nineteenth-century New England history in general, give Emerson a try! I wish I had more intelligence to be able to comprehend all the sage writings of Emerson.
Sometimes I had problems understanding him fully. He believed that humanity participates in Nature and that all objects are part of nature's whole but each is particular in itself. Man can be greater than he is. He made many good points. Have to take time to absorb and ponder when reading his essays. One person found this helpful. I have been reading from the Harvard Classics list and my brains were so scrambled by the really old Greeks and the classic English writers and those who prefer to write like them. I wept with joy when I read Emerson.
He is supposed to have been the first author to write as an American writes. So I don't know how much of the joy I felt in reading his works had to do with what I had been reading before but Emerson writes lyrically and compared to others from his day, sparsely. Here is a good sampling of Ralph Waldo Emerson writings.
After reading a few, you will wonder why he is not more popular today. At least a few of these essays should be required reading in high school and beyond. Excellent writing and great insights from a relatively well known but seldom visited American philosopher. Highly recommended for anyone on an inner journey. I'm almost done with this book and overall I'm very pleased.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, / , The complete works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nature addresses and lectures [Vol. 1]. Emerson, Ralph. Author: Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Title: The complete works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Miscellanies [Vol. 11]. Publication info: Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Emerson has a gift for expressing ethereal realities in a beautiful and meaningful way. He thinks deeply about everything, maybe a little too much, but the wisdom of his prose is stellar. I especially enjoyed his essays on self reliance and love.
It's certainly worth a read. I read once that Emerson set the style for writers from the United States. He writes in a simple and elegant poetic style that was something like a music in my mind after having read a bunch of Europeans from his era and before. His essay on politics in particular should be a must read before you cast your vote! See all 49 reviews.
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Hinge a bit stretched in Volume IX. A few small bumps to exterior. Text is clean and unmarked.
Evolving Lens Bookseller Published: Emerson's complete works with a biographical introduction and notes by Edward Waldo Emerson and a general index, frontispiece in each volume, illustrated with photogravures, all illustrations have tissue guard, top page edges gilt, marbled endpapers with gilt accents, three-fourths maroon morocco and marbled paper over boards, gilt spine titles and decorations, five raised bands.
All volumes have light wear at extremities, one volume has patches of paper surface missing from front board, another volume has a few inches of surface worn on spine edge with two strips of surface pulled from leather on board, a third volume has light edge wear, otherwise a handsome set with all contents near fine and tight bindings.
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A page here and there unopened or roughly opened, spine ends and corners modestly rubbed, else a fine set. Second Series, Volume IV: Representative Men, Volume V: English Traits, Volume VI: Miscellanies, and Volume XII: Natural History of Intellect. Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. Nearly fine set Edition: Houghton, Mifflin and Co, With Portraits, and copious notes by Edward Waldo Emerson. Dark green almost black striated cloth, gold on front board autograph and spine, top page ends gold. Nice Firm Clean copy! Ralph Waldo Emerson 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. Nature, Addresses, and Lectures. Natural History of Intellect, and Other Papers. Houghton Mifflin and Company. Very handsome set with maroon cloth boards.
Gilt on top edge. Corners and edges rubbed. Previous owners book plate on inside front boards.
Previous bookshop label on inside front boards. Boards have some rubbing and wear. Very light writing and underlining in the text of a few volumes.