Described by Harold Bloom as "the most influential writer of the nineteenth century," Ralph Waldo Emerson is widely considered the founder of America's intellectual tradition. Friend and mentor to literary giants including Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Walt Whitman, Emerson did more than perhaps any other thinker to shape and define the American mind through his diverse body of work, while his central text, Nature, singlehandedly engendered an entire spiritual and intellectual movement in transcendentalism. This comprehensive new edition presents the core of Emerson's writings, including Nature and The American Scholar, along with revelatory journal entries, letters, poetry, and a sermon. Editor Jeffrey S. Cramer's update to this classic collection offers the staggering breadth of Emerson's ideas while introducing a stirringly human portrait of the man in all his infinitude.
"[Emerson is] the one citizen of the New World fit to have his name uttered in the same breath with that of Plato." -John Dewey
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