Membership Subscriptions

Join the Support Membership rolls of the RWE Institute. Help us at RWE.org bring you the important and inspiring works of Ralph Waldo Emerson. RWE offers us a lexicon of intelligent application with The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Centenary Edition), plus Advanced Search capabilities (using Google technologies), Queries to the Senior Advisor, Dr. Richard Geldard, the Emerson Concordance and much more.

The mission of the Institute is to make available to anyone with access to its web site the Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus all relevant information to promote greater understanding of America’s Founding Thinker. Your Support is necessary to make it happen. Membership and Donations are tax deductible.

Thank you,
Jim Manley, Director
Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute

BASIC (1yr): $40
…Provide access to The Centenary Edition of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus Advanced Search capabilities, Queries to the Senior Advisor, the Emerson Concordance and all other RWE content that we can make available to the public.

BASIC (1yr): [Senior $30]
…Provide access to The Centenary Edition of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus Advanced Search capabilities, Queries to the Senior Advisor, the Emerson Concordance and all other RWE content that we can make available to the public.

BASIC (1yr): [Student $20]
…Provide access to The Centenary Edition of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus Advanced Search capabilities, Queries to the Senior Advisor, the Emerson Concordance and all other RWE content that we can make available to the public.

FOUNDING MEMBER (1yr): $120
(includes all above)
…a CD copy (or download access) of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, ten-volume edition, edited by Edward Emerson, originally published by Houghton Mifflin from 1904 to 1914.

EMERSON CIRCLE (1yr): $360
(includes all above)
…a DVD of the new documentary, Emerson: The Ideal in America and a CD copy (or download access) of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, ten-volume edition, edited by Edward Emerson, originally published by Houghton Mifflin from 1904 to 1914. (overseen by Dr. Richard Geldard)

SUPPORT PARTNER (1yr): $480
(includes all above)
Work together with the RWE Institute to bring Emerson’s work through making available all RWE texts (Complete Works, Journals, Poems, Concordance, Biography, more), online video, podcasting, newly published books, community conversations (off line events), and…
…a DVD of the new documentary, Emerson: The Ideal in America (52 min), with Robert Richardson (Mind On Fire), Sarah Wider (Emerson Society, president), Richard Geldard (The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson), Barbara Solowey (Lecturer, Teacher), Richard Grossman (A Year With Emerson), hosted by Jim Manley (RWE.org), directed by David Beardsley and produced by RWE Institute.

RWE Support Membership Subscriptions

  1. BASIC (1yr): $40
  2. BASIC (1yr): [Student $20]
  3. BASIC (1yr): [Senior $30]
  4. FOUNDING MEMBER (1yr): $120
  5. EMERSON CIRCLE (1yr): $360
  6. SUPPORT PARTNER (1yr): $480

 

  1. BASIC (1yr): $40
    …Provide access to The Centenary Edition of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus Advanced Search capabilities, Queries to the Senior Advisor, the Emerson Concordance and all other RWE content that we can make available to the public.
  2. BASIC (1yr): [Student $20]
    …Provide access to The Centenary Edition of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus Advanced Search capabilities, Queries to the Senior Advisor, the Emerson Concordance and all other RWE content that we can make available to the public.
  3. BASIC (1yr): [Senior $30]
    …Provide access to The Centenary Edition of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus Advanced Search capabilities, Queries to the Senior Advisor, the Emerson Concordance and all other RWE content that we can make available to the public.
  4. FOUNDING MEMBER (1yr): $120
    (includes all above)
    …a CD copy (or download access) of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, ten-volume edition, edited by Edward Emerson, originally published by Houghton Mifflin from 1904 to 1914.
  5. EMERSON CIRCLE (1yr): $360
    (includes all above)
    …a DVD of the new documentary, Emerson: The Ideal in America and a CD copy (or download access) of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, ten-volume edition, edited by Edward Emerson, originally published by Houghton Mifflin from 1904 to 1914. (overseen by Dr. Richard Geldard)
  6. SUPPORT PARTNER (1yr): $480
    (includes all above)
    Work together with the RWE Institute to bring Emerson’s work through making available all RWE texts (Complete Works, Journals, Poems, Concordance, Biography, more), online video, podcasting, newly published books, community conversations (off line events), and…
    …a DVD of the new documentary, Emerson: The Ideal in America (52 min), with Robert Richardson (Mind On Fire), Sarah Wider (Emerson Society, president), Richard Geldard (The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson), Barbara Solowey (Lecturer, Teacher), Richard Grossman (A Year With Emerson), hosted by Jim Manley (RWE.org), directed by David Beardsley and produced by RWE Institute.

 

BASIC (1yr): $40
…Provide access to The Centenary Edition of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus Advanced Search capabilities, Queries to the Senior Advisor, the Emerson Concordance and all other RWE content that we can make available to the public.

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BASIC (1yr): [Student $20]
…Provide access to The Centenary Edition of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus Advanced Search capabilities, Queries to the Senior Advisor, the Emerson Concordance and all other RWE content that we can make available to the public.

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BASIC (1yr): [Senior $30]
…Provide access to The Centenary Edition of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus Advanced Search capabilities, Queries to the Senior Advisor, the Emerson Concordance and all other RWE content that we can make available to the public.

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FOUNDING MEMBER (1yr): $120
(includes all above)
…a CD copy (or download access) of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, ten-volume edition, edited by Edward Emerson, originally published by Houghton Mifflin from 1904 to 1914.

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EMERSON CIRCLE (1yr): $360
(includes all above)
…a DVD of the new documentary, Emerson: The Ideal in America and a CD copy (or download access) of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, ten-volume edition, edited by Edward Emerson, originally published by Houghton Mifflin from 1904 to 1914. (overseen by Dr. Richard Geldard)

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RWE SUPPORT PARTNER (1yr): $480
(includes all above)
Work together with the RWE Institute to bring Emerson’s work through making available all RWE texts (Complete Works, Journals, Poems, Concordance, Biography, more), online video, podcasting, newly published books, community conversations (off line events), and…
…a DVD of the new documentary, Emerson: The Ideal in America (52 min), with Robert Richardson (Mind On Fire), Sarah Wider (Emerson Society, president), Richard Geldard (The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson), Barbara Solowey (Lecturer, Teacher), Richard Grossman (A Year With Emerson), hosted by Jim Manley (RWE.org), directed by David Beardsley and produced by RWE Institute.

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Screening for New Documentary

Emerson: The Ideal in America


Emerson: The Ideal in AmericaThursday, February 1, at 6:00 PM, the Ralph Waldo Emerson
Institute will present a screening, for members and friends, of the video
biography entitled Emerson: The Ideal in America
(52 min). Bringing Emerson to life in his own words, the film also features
interviews with leading Emerson scholars, including:

  • Robert Richardson Jr, author of
    Emerson: The Mind
    on Fire
  • Sarah Wider, Professor of English at Colgate
    University and President of the Emerson Society
  • Richard Geldard, senior advisor to RWE.org and author
    of The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Barbara Solowey, teacher and lecturer
  • Richard Grossman, author of
    A Year With Emerson
  • hosted by Jim Manley (RWE.org), directed by David
    Beardsley and produced by RWE Institute.

 Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion and
a question-and-answer period. Admission is free. The event will take place at:

Where:
All Souls Church
1157 Lexington Avenue (at 80th Street), New York City.
For travel directions, contact All Souls (212) 535-5530

When: Thursday, February 1st at 6:00PM

RSVP: Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute
212-354-2277 or

email RSVP

IdealforAmerica@rwe.org
Walk-ins Welcome

Open to All

You do not have to be a

Supporting Member of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute


(but it helps)


The mission of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute
is to make available to anyone, with access
to its web site, the Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus all
relevant information to promote greater understanding of America’s Founding
Thinker. Your Support is necessary to make it happen. The RWE Institute is a
501(c)3 Not-for-Profit corporation making Membership and Donations tax
deductible.

Thank you,
Jim Manley, Director
Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute

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The Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute Support Membership Form

Join the Support Membership rolls of the RWE Institute.  Help us at RWE.org bring you the important and inspiring works of Ralph Waldo Emerson.  RWE offers us a lexicon of intelligent application with The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Centenary Edition), plus Advanced Search capabilities (using Google technologies), Queries to the Senior Advisor, Dr. Richard Geldard, the Emerson Concordance and much more.  

The mission of the Institute is to make available to anyone with access to its web site the Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus all relevant information to promote greater understanding of America’s Founding Thinker.  Your Support is necessary to make it happen.  Membership and Donations are tax deductible.

Thank you,
Jim Manley, Director
Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute

Support Memberships will be effective for a full year. Just print off the form below and return with your payment to:
Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute
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Suite 1100
New York, NY 10019

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____ BASIC (1yr): $40 [Senior $30] [Student $20]
…Provide access to The Centenary Edition of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, plus Advanced Search capabilities, Queries to the Senior Advisor, the Emerson Concordance and all other RWE content that we can make available to the public.

____ FOUNDING MEMBER (1yr): $120 (includes all above)
…a CD copy (or download access) of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, ten-volume edition, edited by Edward Emerson, originally published by Houghton Mifflin from 1904 to 1914.

____ EMERSON CIRCLE (1yr): $360 (includes all above)
…a DVD of the new documentary, Emerson: The Ideal in America and a CD copy (or download access) of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, ten-volume edition, edited by Edward Emerson, originally published by Houghton Mifflin from 1904 to 1914. (overseen by Dr. Richard Geldard)

____ SUPPORT PARTNER (1yr): $480 (includes all above)
Work together with the RWE Institute to bring Emerson’s work through making available all RWE texts (Complete Works, Journals, Poems, Concordance, Biography, more), online video, podcasting, newly published books, community conversations (off line events), and…        
…a DVD of the new documentary, Emerson: The Ideal in America (52 min), with Robert Richardson (Mind On Fire), Sarah Wider (Emerson Society, president), Richard Geldard (The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson), Barbara Solowey (Lecturer, Teacher), Richard Grossman (A Year With Emerson), hosted by Jim Manley (RWE.org), directed by David Beardsly and produced by RWE Institute.

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**The Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute is a Not-for-Profit corporation with 501(c)3 tax status from the IRS.  Membership and Donations are tax deductible.

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V Europe and European Books

IT was a brighter day than we have often known in our literary calendar, when within a twelvemonth a single London advertisement announced a new volume of poems by Wordsworth, poems by Tennyson, and a play by Henry Taylor. Wordsworth’s nature or character has had all the time it needed in order to make its mark and supply the want of talent. We have learned how to read him. We have ceased to expect that which he cannot give. He has the merit of just moral perception, but not that of deft poetic execution. Nothing of Milton, nothing of Marvell, of Herbert, of Dryden, could be. These are such verses as in a just state of culture should be vers de societe, such as every gentleman could write but none would think of printing, or of claiming the poet’s laurel on their merit. How would Milton curl his lip at such slipshod newspaper style. Many of his poems, as for example the Rylstone Doe, might be all improvised.  The Pindar, the Shakspeare, the Dante whilst they have the just and open soul, have also the eye to see the dimmest star that glimmers in the Milky Way, the serratures of every leaf, the test objects of the microscope, and then the tongue to utter the same , things in words that engrave them on all the ears of mankind. The poet demands all gifts, and not one or two only.

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VIII The Tragic

HE has seen but half the universe who never has been shown the house of Pain. As the salt sea covers more than two thirds of the surface of the globe, so sorrow encroaches in man on felicity. The conversation of men is a mixture of regrets and apprehensions. I do not know but the prevalent hue of things to the eye of leisure is melancholy. In the dark hours, our existence seems to be a defensive war, a struggle against the encroaching All, which threatens surely to engulf us soon, and is impatient of our short reprieve. How slender the possession that yet remains to us; how faint the animation! how the spirit seems already to contract its domain, retiring within narrower walls by the loss of memory, leaving its planted fields to erasure and annihilation. Already our thoughts and words have an alien sound. There is a simultaneous diminution of memory and hope. Projects that once we laughed and leapt to execute find us now sleepy and preparing to lie down afford to let go any advantages. The riches of body or of mind which we do not need to‑day are the reserved fund against the calamity that may arrive to‑morrow. It is usually agreed that some nations have a more sombre temperament, and one would say that history gave no record of any society in which despondency came so readily to heart as we see it and feel it in ours. Melancholy cleaves to the English mind in both hemispheres as closely as to the strings of an Aoelian harp. Men and women at thirty years, and even earlier, have lost all spring and vivacity, and if they fail in their first enterprises, they throw up the game. But whether we and those who are next to us are more or less vulnerable, no theory of life can have any right which leaves out of account the values of vice, pain, disease, poverty, insecurity, disunion, fear and death.

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VII A Letter

AS we are very liable, in common with the letter‑writing world, to fall behind‑hand in our correspondence; and a little more liable because in consequence of our editorial function we receive more epistles than our individual share, we have thought that we might clear our account by writing a quarterly catholic letter to all and several who have honored us, in verse or prose, with their confidence, and expressed a curiosity to know our opinion. We shall be compelled to dispose very rapidly of quite miscellaneous topics.

      And first, in regard to the writer who has given us his speculations on Railroads and Air‑roads, our correspondent shall have his own way. To the railway, we must say, — like the courageous lord mayor at his first hunting, when told the hare was coming, — “Let it come, in Heaven’s name, I am not afraid on ‘t.”  Very unlooked‑for political and social effects of the iron road are fast appearing. It will require an expansion of the police of the old world. When a railroad train shoots through Europe every day from Brussels to Vienna, from Vienna to Constantinople, it cannot stop every twenty or thirty miles at a German custom‑house, for examination of property and passports. But when our correspondent proceeds to flying‑machines, we have no longer the smallest taper‑light of credible information and experience left, and must speak on a priori grounds.

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VI Past and Present

HERE is Carlyle’s new poem, his Iliad of English woes, to follow his poem on France, entitled the History of the French Revolution. In its first aspect it is a political tract, and since Burke, since Milton, we have had nothing to compare with it. It grapples honestly with the facts lying before all men, groups and disposes them with a master’s mind, and, with a heart full of manly tenderness, offers his best counsel to his brothers. Obviously, it is the book of a powerful and accomplished thinker, who has looked with naked eyes at the dreadful political signs in England for the last few years, has conversed much on these topics with such wise men of all ranks and parties as are drawn to a scholar’s house, until such daily and nightly meditation has grown into a great connection, if not a system of thoughts; and the topic of English politics becomes the best vehicle for the expression of his recent thinking, recommended to him by the desire to give some timely counsels, and to strip the worst mischiefs of their plausibility. It is a brave and just book, and not a semblance. “No new, truth,” say the critics on all sides. Is it so? Truth is very old, but the merit of seers is not to invent but to dispose objects in their right places, and he is the commander who is always in the mount, whose eye not only sees details, but throws crowds of details into their right arrangement and a larger and juste‑ totality than any other. The book makes great approaches to true contemporary history, a very rare success, and firmly holds up to daylight the absurdities still tolerated in the English and European system. It is such an appeal to the conscience and honor of England as cannot be forgotten, or be feigned to be forgotten. It has the merit which belongs to every honest book, that it was self‑examining before it was eloquent, and so hits all other men, and, as the country people say of good preaching, ” comes bounce down into every pew.” Every reader shall carry away something. The scholar shall read and write, the farmer and mechanic shall toil, with new resolution, nor forget the book when they resume their labor.

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III Prayers

NOT with fond shekels of the tested gold,
Nor gems whose rates are either rich or poor
As fancy values them: but with true prayers,
That shall be up at heaven and enter there
Ere sunrise; prayers from preserved souls,
From fasting maids, whose minds are delicate
To nothing temporal.”

SHAKSPEARE.

      PYTHAGORAS said that the time when men are honestest is when they present themselves before the gods. If we can overhear the prayer we shall know the man. But prayers are not made to be overheard, or to be printed, so that we seldom have the prayer otherwise than it can be inferred from the man and his fortunes, which are the answer to the prayer, and always accord with it. Yet there are scattered about in the earth a few records of these devout hours, which it would edify us to read, could they be collected in a more catholic spirit than the wretched and repulsive volumes which usurp that name. Let us not have the prayers of one sect, nor of the Christian Church, but of men in all ages and religions who have prayed well.

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II Walter Savage Landor

    WE sometimes meet in a stage‑coach in New England an erect, muscular man, with fresh complexion and a smooth hat, whose nervous speech instantly betrays the English traveller;— a man nowise cautious to conceal his name or that of his native country, or his very slight esteem for the persons and the country that surround him. When Mr. Bull rides in an American coach, he speaks quick and strong; he is very ready to confess his ignorance of everything about him, — persons, manners, customs, politics, geography. He wonders that the Americans should build with wood, whilst all this stone is lying in the roadside; and is astonished to learn that a wooden house may last a hundred years; nor will he remember the fact as many minutes after it has been told him: he wonders that they do not make elder‑wine and cherry‑bounce, since here are cherries, and every mile is crammed with elder‑bushes. He has never seen a good horse in America, nor a good coach, nor a good inn. Here is very good earth and water and plenty of them; that he is free to allow; to all other gifts of Nature or man his eyes are sealed by the inexorable demand for the precise conveniences to which he is accustomed in England. Add to this proud blindness the better quality of great downrightness in speaking the truth, and the love of fair play, on all occasions, and moreover the peculiarity which is alleged of the Englishman, that his virtues do not come out until he quarrels.

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I Thoughts on Modern Literature

     IN our fidelity to the higher truth we need not  disown our debt, in our actual state of culture, in the twilights of experience, to these rude helpers. They keep alive the memory and the hope of a better day. When we flout all particular books as initial merely, we truly express the privilege of spiritual nature, but alas, not the fact and fortune of this low Massachusetts and Boston, of these humble Junes and Decembers of mortal life. Our souls are not self‑fed, but do eat and drink of chemical water and wheat. Let us not forget the genial miraculous force we have known to proceed from a book. We go musing into the vault of day and night; no constellation shines, no muse descends, the stars are white points, the roses, brick‑colored leaves, and frogs pipe, mice cheep, and wagons creak along the road. We return to the house and take up Plutarch or Augustine, and read a few sentences or pages, and lo! the air swims with life, secrets of magnanimity and grandeur invite us on every hand, life is made up of them. Such is our debt to a book. Observe moreover that we ought to credit literature with much more than the bare word it gives us. I have just been reading poems which now in memory shine with a certain steady, warm, autumnal light. That is not in their grammatical construction which they give me. If I analyze the sentences, it eludes me, but is the genius and suggestion of the whole. Over every true poem lingers a certain wild beauty, immeasurable; a happiness lightsome and delicious fills the heart and brain, as they say every man walks environed by his proper atmosphere, extending to some distance around him. This beautiful result must be credited to literature also in casting its account.