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Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Book DescriptionAt first reading, "Representative Men" seems the most alien of Emerson's books. First published in 1850 (having taken form over the five preceding years as a series of lectures intended as "winter evening entertainments"), it was inspired by the romantic belief that there exists a "general mind" that expresses itself with special intensity through certain individual lives. It was an appreciation of genius as a quality distributed to the few for the benefit of the many. When, according to Longfellow, Emerson began to speak on these themes in Boston in 1845, the Odeon theatre was jammed with "old men and young, bald heads and flowing transcendental locks, matrons and maidens, misanthropists and lovers". The crowds were apt and grateful, as were their counterparts two years later in England where the lecture series continued.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674761056
(235mm x 155mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 2-May-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Hardback (September 2015)
Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Major Poetry presents a selection of definitively edited texts that remind us why Emerson s poetry matters and why he remains one of our most important theoreticians of verse. Drawn chiefly from the multivolume Collected Works, each poem is accompanied by a headnote for the student and general reader."
Portable Emerson, Paperback (December 2014)
Through his writing and his own personal philosophy, the author unburdened his young country of Europe's traditional sense of history and showed Americans how to be creators of their own contexts. This book deals with his story.
Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays: First and Second Series, Paperback / softback (October 2014)View all books by Ralph Waldo Emerson
This major new volume offers a wide selection of works from Emerson's lectures and essays, including some that have seldom been reprinted such as "Quotation and Originality." In addition, leading Emerson critic Richard Poirier provides helpful annotations to a generous selection of poems.
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Author Biography - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Andrew Delbanco is the Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University.
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