The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson - by R.W. Emerson Institute, Jim Manley, Director -

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson - by R.W. Emerson Institute, Jim Manley, Director -

Welcome back to

Please pardon our website. is re-constituting itself
in preparation for May 25th (and beyond)


This May 25th, 2023 will be the 220th year since May 25th, 1803
the Birthdate of Ralph Waldo Emerson – Happy Birthday! 

We are here to Introduce or Re-Introduce you to
the Life and Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson
America’s Sage, Philosopher, Poet, and Author.


Centenary Edition

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Volume I – Nature,
Addresses & Lectures


Nature: Audio Essays
I. Audio Essays
II. Audio Essays
III. Audio Essays
IV. Audio Essays
V. Audio Essays
VI. Audio Essays
VII. Spirit
VIII. Audio Essays
The American Audio Essays
Divinity School Address
Literary Ethics
The Method of Nature
Man the Reformer
Introductory Lecture on the Times
The Conservative
The Transcendentalist
The Young American

Volume II – Essays I

I. Audio Essays
II. Audio Essays
III. Audio Essays
IV. Spiritual Audio Essays
V. Audio Essays
VI Audio Essays
VII. Audio Essays
VIII Audio Essays
IX. The Audio Essays
X. Audio Essays
XI. Audio Essays
XII. Audio Essays

Volume III – Essays II

I The Audio Essays
II Audio Essays
III Audio Essays
IV Audio Essays
V Audio Essays
VI Audio Essays
VII Audio Essays
VIII Nominalist and Audio Essays
IX New England Audio Essays

Volume IV – Representative Men

Uses of Great Audio Essays
Plato; or, the Audio Essays
Swedenborg; or, the Audio Essays
Montaigne; or, the Audio Essays
Shakspeare; or, the Audio Essays
Napoleon; or, the Man of the Audio Essays
Goethe; or, the Audio Essays

Volume V – English Traits

I First Visit to England
II Voyage to England
III Land
IV Race
V Ability
VI Manners
VII Truth
VIII Character
IX Cockayne
X Wealth
XI Aristocracy
XII Universities
XIII Religion
XIV Literature
XV The “Times”
XVI Stonehenge
XVII Personal
XVIII Result
XIX Speech at Manchester

Volume VI – Conduct of Life

I Fate
II Power
III Wealth
IV Culture
V Behavior
VI Worship
VII Considerations by the Way
VIII Beauty
IX Illusions


Volume VII – Society and Solitude

I Society and Solitude
II Civilization
IV Eloquence
V Domestic Life
VI Farming
VII Works and Days
VIII Books
IX Clubs
X Courage
XI Success
XII Old Age Audio Essays = Audio file

Volume VIII – Letters and Social Aims


Poetry and Imagination
Social Aims
The Comic
Quotation and Originality
Progress of Culture
Persian Poetry

Volume IX – Poems

Volume X – Lectures and Biographical Sketches

Perpetual Forces
The Superlative
The Sovereignty of Ethics
The Preacher
The Man of Letters
The Scholar
Life and Letters in New England
Ezra Ripley, D. D.
Chardon Street Convention
Mary Moody Emerson
Samuel Hoar
George L. Stearns

Volume XI – Miscellanies

I The Lord’s Supper
II Historical Discourse
at Concord
III Letter to President Van Buren
IV Emancipation in the British West Indies
V War
VI The Fugitive Slave Law
VIII The Assault Upon Mr. Sumner
IX Speech on Affairs in Kansas
X John Brown–Speech at Boston
XI John Brown–Speech at Salem
XII Theodore Parker
XIII American Civilization
XIV The Emancipation Proclamation
XV Abraham Lincoln
XVI Harvard Commemoration Speech
XVII Dedication of the Soldiers’ Monument in Concord
XVIII Editors’ Address
XIX Address to Kossuth
XX Woman
XXI Consecration of Sleepy Hollow Cemetary
XXII Robert Burns
XXIII Shakespeare
XXIV Humboldt
XXV Walter Scott
XXVI Speech at Banquet in Honor of Chinese Embassy
XXVII Remarks at Organization of Free Religious Association
XXVIII Speech at Second Annual Meeting of Free Religion
XXIX Address at Opening of Concord Free Public Library
XXX The Fortune of the Republic

Volume XII – Natural History of the Intellect and Other Papers

Natural History of Intellect 
The Celebration of Intellect 
Country Life 
Concord Walks 
Michael Angelo 
Art and Criticism 


Additional Material
Abraham Lincoln Audio Essays


Papers from the Dial

I. Thoughts on Modern Literature
II. Walter Savage Landor
III. Prayers
IV. Agriculture of Massachusetts
V.  Europe and European Books
VI. Past and Present
VII.  A Letter
VIII.  The Tragic
The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson