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

Category V – English Traits

English Traits was published first in 1856 and is different from the rest of Emerson’s works in that rather than concerning the inner life and Emerson’s major themes of self-recovery and self-reliance, the book is about a country and its people. It praises England and its people while also pointing out limitations and failures. He admires the English most of all for their common sense. As he wrote, "An Englishman must be treated with sincerity and reality; with muffins and not the promise of muffins."    

Vol V – English Traits(1856)

   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…

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson