By Joel Myerson
There's no query that Emerson has maintained his position as one of many seminal figures in American background and literature. In his time, he used to be the stated chief of the Transcendentalist flow and his poetic legacy, schooling beliefs, and spiritual ideas are fundamental to the formation of yank highbrow existence. during this quantity, Joel Myerson, one of many best specialists in this interval, has amassed jointly glowing new essays that debate Emerson as a fabricated from his occasions. person chapters offer a longer biographical research of Emerson and his impression on American lifestyles, via reviews of his thought of individualism, nature and typical technology, faith, antislavery, and women's rights.
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One important result of this tour was that Emerson, ever the penetrating observer, came home with several journals full of insight into English history, manners, and character (see JMN, 10). He transformed the observations entrusted to these journals into "England," one of the most popular lectures of his entire career, a few lecture series devoted entirely to English culture, and English Traits, which, since its publication in 1856, has stood as the fullest expression of Emerson's thought on Anglo-Saxon culture.
As he himself had realized at the Jardin des Plantes in 1833, everything in the universe stands in a fundamental relation to everything else; all is, as he then discovered, unified by thought or, as he wrote in "History," mind: There is one mind common to all individual men. Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same. . What Plato thought, he may think; what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has befallen any man, he can understand, Of the works of this mind history is the record.
The good health and growth of his children Ellen, Edith, and Edward restored calm to his domestic life, while his extensive lecturing on the lyceum circuit further enhanced his visibility in America, enlarged his supply of new materials for eventual publication, and provided him with a substantial income. Reluctant to take up reformist causes during the 18305, in the 18405 Emerson became an antislavery activist and announced his views in a forceful address, "Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies," delivered at the Concord Court House on i August 1844.
A Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Joel Myerson