This book seriously affected me in a very postive way. It's not really even a book but rather a long essay.
William Emersona Unitarian minister. He first went to Charleston, South Carolinabut found the weather was still too cold. Augustine, Floridawhere he took long walks on the beach and began writing poetry.
The two engaged in enlightening discussions of religion, society, philosophy, and government. Emerson considered Murat an important figure in his intellectual education. Augustine, Emerson had his first encounter with slavery. At one point, he attended a meeting of the Bible Society while a slave auction was taking place in the yard outside.
Although he recovered his mental equilibrium, he died inapparently from long-standing tuberculosis.
His church activities kept him busy, though during this period, facing the imminent death of his wife, he began to doubt his own beliefs. The profession is antiquated. In an altered age, we worship in the dead forms of our forefathers". As he wrote, "This mode of commemorating Christ is not suitable to me.
That is reason enough why I should abandon it". Carlyle in particular was a strong influence on him; Emerson would later serve as an unofficial literary agent in the United States for Carlyle, and in Marchhe tried to persuade Carlyle to come to America to lecture. In Octoberhe moved to Concord, Massachusetts to live with his step-grandfather, Dr.
Ezra Ripleyat what was later named The Old Manse. On November 5,he made the first of what would eventually be some 1, lectures, "The Uses of Natural History", in Boston.
This was an expanded account of his experience in Paris. Nature is a language and every new fact one learns is a new word; but it is not a language taken to pieces and dead in the dictionary, but the language put together into a most significant and universal sense. I wish to learn this language, not that I may know a new grammar, but that I may read the great book that is written in that tongue.
He gave a lecture to commemorate the th anniversary of the town of Concord on September 12, Edward Waldo Emerson was the father of Raymond Emerson. Literary career and transcendentalism[ edit ] Emerson in On September 8,the day before the publication of NatureEmerson met with Frederic Henry HedgeGeorge Putnam and George Ripley to plan periodic gatherings of other like-minded intellectuals.
Its first official meeting was held on September 19, Emerson invited Margaret FullerElizabeth Hoar and Sarah Ripley for dinner at his home before the meeting to ensure that they would be present for the evening get-together.
Emerson anonymously published his first essay, "Nature", on September 9, A year later, on August 31,he delivered his now-famous Phi Beta Kappa address, " The American Scholar ",  then entitled "An Oration, Delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge"; it was renamed for a collection of essays which included the first general publication of "Nature" in The first monographic treatment of Emerson, George Searle Phillips' Emerson, His Life and Writings ("by January Searle") was published in London in , more than twenty-five years before its subject's death.
The first biography of Emerson, George Willis Cooke's Ralph Waldo Emerson, appeared in Ralph Waldo Emerson believed in order to comprehend the divine, God, and the universe, one must transcend or go beyond the physical and emotional descriptions of normal human thought.
With that philosophy, Emerson became the leader of philosophers and writers termed Transcendentalist.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (ĕm´ərsən), –82, American poet and essayist, b.
Boston. Boston. Through his essays, poems, and lectures, the "Sage of Concord" established himself as a leading spokesman of transcendentalism and as a major figure in American literature. Ralph Waldo Emerson was a famous American lecturer, philosopher, essayist, and poet. He was one of the leading figures of Transcendentalist movement.
Together with Henry Hedge, George Putnam and George Ripley, Emerson founded the idea of Transcendentalism. often Transcendentalism A literary and philosophical movement arising in 19th-century New England, associated with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller and asserting the existence of an ideal spiritual reality that transcends empirical and scientific reality and is knowable through intuition.
Transcendentalism is a school of philosophical thought that developed in 19th century America. Important trancendentalist thinkers include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau. The transcendentalists supported women's rights and the abolition of slavery, and were critical of organized religion and government.