Noted Authors

January 17, 1999

Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803-1882)

Emerson was a main practitioner of New England Transcendentalism. His 96-page book "Nature" helped initiate Transcendentalism.

In it he answered the questions to his spiritual doubts. His later writings were, in a sense, annexes of "Nature."

In his lecture "The American Scholar" he explained what he believed were the duties of a liberated intellectual. It was in essence a lecture against Harvard intelligentsia, although Emerson himself was a Harvard graduate.

-- Encyclopedia of Literature

Pub Date: 01/17/99

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