Self-Reliance, the Over-Soul, and Other Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I was simmering, simmering, simmering. Emerson brought me to a boil” —Walt Whitman

The six essays and one address in this volume flesh out Emerson’s transcendentalist ideas. In addition to the celebrated title essay, the others included here are “History,” “Friendship,” “The Over-Soul,” “The Poet” and “Experience,” plus the famous Harvard Divinity School Address.

Through his essays, speeches, and his own personal philosophy, Ralph Waldo Emerson set free his young country from Europe’s traditional sense of history and showed his fellow Americans how to be creators of their own selves. His mandate, which called for harmony with nature and reliance on individualism, rather than materialistic institutions, is echoed in the American philosophical and literary works of his time and ours — and to this day gives impetus to modern political and social activism.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American lecturer, essayist 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.

Self-Reliance, the Over-Soul, and Other Essays
Ralph Waldo Emerson
132 pages
Paperback
$6.95 US
ISBN: 978-0-982129-83-8
Published: July 2010


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