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Emerson Overview pt.1

This essay originally appeared in The Ideal in the West, by David A. Beardsley  (idealinthewest.com) I think it’s safe to say that when most people consider Ralph Waldo Emerson, they think of a rather avuncular producer of pithy quotes in an archaic style of writing.  Although his words still pop up with fair frequency, especially now given the…

Abraham Lincoln (15 April 1865) Eulogy By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Abraham Lincoln (15 April 1865) Eulogy By Ralph Waldo Emerson ———————————————— THE ORATION   This address was delivered by Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson, orator, poet and essayist, at Concord, Massachusetts, on the occasion of funeral services in honor of Mr. Lincoln, in April, 1865. It is an epitome of the life of the martyred President,…

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DVD Documentary on Ralph Waldo Emerson

  Emerson: The Ideal In America Written and directed by David A. BeardsleyHosted by Jim Manley Documentary (53 minutes) about the life and inspirations of Ralph Waldo EmersonClick to purchase Synopsis: Emerson: The Ideal In America Ralph Waldo Emerson was the leading light of a circle that included Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Margaret Fuller…

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From Kant to Emerson: A Transcontinental Exploration of the Evolution of Transcendentalism

by Kristen A. Bennett UMASS Boston   “There is some awe mixed with the joy of our surprise, when this poet, who lived in some past world, two or three hundred years ago, says that which lies close to my own soul, that which I also had wellnigh thought and said.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson,…

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…