The only collection of the complete First and Second Series of essays by America's most popular sage, available in an affordable paperback edition. A must for students of American culture and literature.
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.
About the content... Well, this is the one and only book where I could honestly, say that I support everything and stand behind everything the author claims... My heart is completly in-line with his writings. Or rather, everything he said made sense, in a balls-to-bone sort of way. This book has essays that empowers you, sort of like Anthony robbins, but in a much more stronger way, because its not based on 'practical habits', or 'positive thinking', but an exploration on the incredibleness of the human soul, that are more than just thought provoking...They are inspiring, not in just an example-giving kind of way, or "you could be like this" sort of way... It is simply truth, as one man saw fit, in a most honest, clear, and literate way. Even Nietszche was in total awe of everything Emerson wrote, saying emerson's soul was basically something in the heavens.
Yes, transcendentalism is the label to his philosophies, but Emerson doesn't really write "philosophies", he simply writes (with mathmatical like precision), his ideas about man, that start without any prior knowledge or terms necessary to read it.. It is as clean and laser-like in his explanations, and it has the strength of a mathematical proof, and has the heart and sincerity that truly makes the soul of the reader come alive, even soar at times.