The great ‘ennobler’

May 23, 2003 The great ‘ennobler’ By Richard Higgins Ralph Waldo Emerson’s belief in the ”infinitude” of the soul had an ”ennobling influence” on many people, as William James once observed. James’s novelist brother, Henry, however, was not one of them. He depicted Emerson as a bloodless preacher whose ”eyes were thickly bandaged” to evil…

Emerson at 200

Cover Story March/April 2003 Emerson at 200 Emerson’s Mirror What do we see in the legacy of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "the most recognized and revered figure in the Unitarian movement"? His two-hundredth birthday makes this a good time to ask. by Richard Higgins One of the most famous public speakers of his day, Ralph Waldo…

Illuminating Emerson’s spiritual development

July 2, 2003 BOOK REVIEWIlluminating Emerson’s spiritual development The Spiritual Emerson: Essential Writings by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edited by David M. Robinson Beacon, 288 pp., $25 By Richard HigginsGlobe Correspondent Even now, as we mark the 200th anniversary of his birth, people still believe that Ralph Waldo Emerson left the ministry in 1832. He resigned…