Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays and Lectures (LOA #15): Nature; Addresses, and Lectures / Essays: First and Second Series / Representative Men / English Traits / The Conduct of Life

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Library of America, 15/11/1983 - 1150 páginas
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Our most eloquent champion of individualism, Emerson acknowledges at the same time the countervailing pressures of society in American life. Even as he extols what he called “the great and crescive self,” he dramatizes and records its vicissitudes.

Here are all the indispensable and most renowned works, including “The American Scholar” (“our intellectual Declaration of Independence,” as Oliver Wendell Holmes called it), “The Divinity School Address,” considered atheistic by many of his listeners, the summons to “Self-Reliance,” along with the more embattled realizations of “Circles” and, especially, “Experience.” Here, too, are his wide-ranging portraits of Montaigne, Shakespeare, and other “representative men,” and his astute observations on the habits, lives, and prospects of the English and American people.

This volume includes Emerson’s well-known Nature; Addresses, and Lectures (1849), his Essays: First Series (1841) and Essays: Second Series (1844), plus Representative Men (1850), English Traits (1856), and his later book of essays, The Conduct of Life (1860). These are the works that established Emerson’s colossal reputation in America and found him admirers abroad as diverse as Carlyle, Nietzsche, and Proust. The reasons for Emerson’s influence and durability will be obvious to any reader who follows the exhilarating, exploratory movements of his mind in this uniquely full gathering of his work.

Not merely another selection of his essays, this volume includes all his major books in their rich entirety. No other volume conveys so comprehensively the exhilaration and exploratory energy of perhaps America’s greatest writer.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
 

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Emerson, Whitman and Thoreau are three persons I like very much, because they all described nature so much and give me an impression of what a man or citizen should be existing. Ler crítica na íntegra

Índice

Nature Addresses and Lectures
4
History
237
SelfReliance
257
Compensation
283
Spiritual Laws
303
Love
327
Friendship
339
Prudence
355
First Visit to England
767
Voyage to England
779
Race
790
Ability
806
Manners
822
Truth
830
Character
836
Cockayne
845

Heroism
369
The OverSoul
383
Circles
403
Intellect
417
Art
429
The Poet
445
Experience
469
Character
493
Manners
513
Gifts
535
Nature
539
Politics
557
Nominalist and Realist
573
New ENGLAND REFORMERS Lecture at Amory Hall
589
Uses of Great Men
615
Plato or the Philosopher
633
New Readings
655
Swedenborg or the Mystic
661
Montaigne or the Skeptic
690
Shakspeare or the Poet
710
Napoleon or the Man of the World
727
Goethe or the Writer
746
Aristocracy
860
Universities
875
Religion
883
Literature
893
The Times
908
Stonehenge
915
Personal
925
Speech at Manchester
934
Fate
941
Power
969
Wealth
987
Culture
1013
Behavior IO35
1035
Worship
1053
Considerations by the Way
1077
Beauty
1097
Illusions
1113
Chronology
1125
Note on the Texts
1135
Index of Titles
1149
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) settled in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1834, where he began a career as a public lecturer. Every year Emerson made a lecture tour, the source of most of his essays. His principal publications include Nature (1836), two volumes of Essays (1841, 1844), Poems (1847), Representative Men (1850), The Conduct of Life (1860), and Society and Solitude (1870).

Joel Porte (1933–2006), volume editor, won the Bowdoin Prize in 1962 for his essay on Emerson, and was granted the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Emerson Society in 2006. He authored many studies of nineteenth-century and modern literature, including Emerson and Thoreau: Transcendentalists in Conflict, The Romance in America, and Representative Man: Ralph Waldo Emerson in his Time.

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