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by Mark Van Doren,Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • ISBN: 0140150250
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Mark Van Doren,Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Subcategory: Essays & Correspondence
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (July 28, 1977)
  • Pages: 672 pages
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  • Rating: 4.8
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Presents a selection of Emerson's notable writings. Includes biographical material and a chronology.

Presents a selection of Emerson's notable writings.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

It was Emerson's practice of keeping a journal that inspired Thoreau to do the same and set the stage for Thoreau's experiences at Walden Pond. Emerson married twice (his first wife Ellen died in 1831 of tuberculosis) and had four children (two boys and two girls) with his second wife, Lydia.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) was an essayist, poet, philosopher, lecturer, and abolitionist whose ideas championed the importance of individualism and nature. Jeffrey S. Cramer is the Curator of Collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) was an essayist, poet, philosopher, lecturer, and abolitionist whose ideas championed the importance of individualism and nature. Cramer is the Curator of Collections at the Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods.

Ralph Waldo Emerson is an iconic figure in American history. Now that I have grown older, I am able to appreciate him more and more. The Portable Emerson" gives the reader an excellent overview of Emerson's major works

Ralph Waldo Emerson is an iconic figure in American history. The Portable Emerson" gives the reader an excellent overview of Emerson's major works.

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To the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association for permission to include the selection from Emerson’s . must produce a correspondent passion in the reader: Let us answer a book of ink with a book of flesh and blood.

To the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association for permission to include the selection from Emerson’s correspondence. And to my family-Julia, Kazia, and Zoë-for sharing our home with yet another Transcendentalist. 4 The right use of books, the one end which all means go to effect, he wrote, is for nothing but to inspire. I had better never see a book than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system. The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul. He lives in Maynard, Massachusetts.

The Portable Emerson
Reviews about The Portable Emerson (7):
Yanthyr
This version of the Portable Emerson, as edited by Carl Bode (there are a couple of editions), provides the reader with an excellent cross-section of Emerson's works. Containing nearly 700 pages, the book will introduce you to Emerson-the man and the philosophical thinker. One of the fathers of Transcendentalism, his views of society and nature are as valid toay as they were 175 years ago. His insights into some of the great men of history (Plato and Napoleon are included in this volume) as well as the English people have a wit and wisdom that is characteristic of his writings. The philosophies brought forth in essays such as "Nature", "Transcendentalist" and "Spiritual Laws" provide great insights into Emerson's world view. His poetry and letters, contained at the end of the volume, introduce the reader more fully to the politics and creative mind of this unique American mind. A good introduction to Emerson.
Froststalker
Ralph Waldo Emerson is an iconic figure in American history. Now that I have grown older, I am able to appreciate him more and more. His essays, in particular are extremely inspiring and well written, and the philosophy resonated with me. I read all and enjoyed all the speeches in the collection, but many modern readers probably will not be as interested; the essays should be read first. (Though the eulogy for Thoreau is well worth reading by anybody who has read Thoreau.) The poems...well, they are out of date, in my opinion.. The collection itself is a classic; Malcolm Cowley, who compiled the anthology, was a major literary figure himself in the early 20th Century. (PS: I would have rated it far more than stars, if I could.)
showtime
In addition to my own, I have bought four copies over the years for good friends who I think might like it. The essays are the most interesting, for me, though the speeches and Emerson's eulogy for Thoreau are interesting as well to a patient reader. I think the poetry is outdated. But Emerson is a special philosopher, who influenced my life with his words. Anyone interested in meditation (as in Buddhism) should read the essay "The Over-Soul" first.
Dandr
Emerson is one of the greats, there is no doubt about that. The reason that I only gave this book four stars is that this book includes some of the worst of Emerson. His essays on Self Reliance and on Faith in America are timeless classics; however his essay on for example, English traits, was very dry. I do recommend it, but keep in mind that unless you really, really dig Emmerson you may not like over half of this volume.
Xmatarryto
If you love Emerson, you will love this paperback of his memorable works. Easy to carry and a wonderful book to carry while traveling.
Mautaxe
it was missing some essays I needed to read for a class
Llbery
Note: Your "helpful" votes are appreciated. Thanks. A couple Mormon readers have given me negative marks because of my reviews of books in defense of the Book of Mormon. Oh, well, I write my reviews for fun and as a little hobby.

Most educated people are familiar with Emerson's epigrams of wisdom, but there is a whole world to explore in his essays and poems. "The Portable Emerson" gives the reader an excellent overview of Emerson's major works.

Emerson's comments in the "American Scholar" about his own time place our age in perspective:

"Our age is bewailed as the age of introversion. Must that needs be evil. We, it seems, are critical; we are embarrassed with second thoughts; we cannot enjoy any thing for hankering to know whereof the pleasure consists; we are lined with eyes; we see with our feet; the time is infected with Hamlet's unhappiness,--
'Sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought.'"

I hope you find something you like in my little review. Here is part of "The Problem," a poem:

I like a church; I like a cowl; (cowl: a monk's hooded cloak)
I love a prophet of the soul;
And on my heart monastic aisles
Fall like sweet strains, or pensive smiles;
Yet not for all his faith can see
Would I that cowled churchman be.

A poem: "The Rhodora: On Being Asked, Whence Is The Flower?"

"Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then Beauty is its own excuse for being."

"Merlin," a poem:

"But mount to paradise
By the stairway of surprise."

And always remember the "Concord Hymn" (sung on July 4, 1837 at the dedication of the monument at Concord). Today near the bridge, there are some British flags to mark the graves of two of the King's soldiers. There are some neat unidentified lines that might have come from Emerson.

"Here lie two British soldiers who sailed three thousand miles across the ocean to keep the past upon the throne."

"By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world."

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