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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…

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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,…

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The Reawakening of the American Soul: On the Bicentenary of Emerson’s Birth

The Reawakening of the American Soul  by Richard Geldard This talk was delivered by Dr. Geldard in Faneuil Hall in Boston as part of the Emerson Bicentennial Celebrations in 2003. Also speaking on that occasion were Jacob Needleman and Robert Thurman. The entire program was recorded by WGBH Webcasts and can be heard on this…