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Ralph Waldo Emerson   By: (1809-1894)

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American Men of Letters

EDITED BY

CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER.

" Thou wert the morning star among the living, Ere thy fair light had fled: Now, having died, thou art as Hesperus, giving New splendor to the dead. "

American Men of Letters

RALPH WALDO EMERSON.

BY

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES.

1891

NOTE.

My thanks are due to the members of Mr. Emerson's family, and the other friends who kindly assisted me by lending interesting letters and furnishing valuable information.

The Index, carefully made by Mr. J.H. Wiggin, was revised and somewhat abridged by myself.

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES.

BOSTON, November 25, 1884.

CONTENTS.

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER I.

1803 1823. To AET. 20.

Birthplace. Boyhood. College Life.

CHAPTER II.

1823 1828. AET. 20 25.

Extract from a Letter to a Classmate. School Teaching. Study of Divinity. "Approbated" to Preach. Visit to the South. Preaching in Various Places.

CHAPTER III.

1828 1833. AET. 25 30.

Settled as Colleague of Rev. Henry Ware. Married to Ellen Louisa Tucker. Sermon at the Ordination of Rev. H.B. Goodwin. His Pastoral and Other Labors. Emerson and Father Taylor. Death of Mrs. Emerson. Difference of Opinion with some of his Parishioners. Sermon Explaining his Views. Resignation of his Pastorate.

CHAPTER IV.

1833 1838. AET. 30 35.

Section I. Visit to Europe. On his Return preaches in Different Places. Emerson in the Pulpit. At Newton. Fixes his Residence at Concord. The Old Manse. Lectures in Boston. Lectures on Michael Angelo and on Milton published in the "North American Review." Beginning of the Correspondence with Carlyle. Letters to the Rev. James Freeman Clarke. Republication of "Sartor Resartus."

Section 2. Emerson's Second Marriage. His New Residence in Concord. Historical Address. Course of Ten Lectures on English Literature delivered in Boston. The Concord Battle Hymn. Preaching in Concord and East Lexington. Accounts of his Preaching by Several Hearers. A Course of Lectures on the Nature and Ends of History. Address on War. Death of Edward Bliss Emerson. Death of Charles Chauncy Emerson.

Section 3. Publication of "Nature." Outline of this Essay. Its Reception. Address before the Phi Beta Kappa Society

CHAPTER V.

1838 1843. AET. 35 40.

Section 1. Divinity School Address. Correspondence. Lectures on Human Life. Letters to James Freeman Clarke. Dartmouth College Address: Literary Ethics. Waterville College Address: The Method of Nature. Other Addresses: Man the Reformer. Lecture on the Times. The Conservative. The Transcendentalist. Boston "Transcendentalism." "The Dial." Brook Farm.

Section 2. First Series of Essays published. Contents: History, Self Reliance, Compensation, Spiritual Laws, Love, Friendship, Prudence, Heroism, The Over Soul, Circles, Intellect, Art. Emerson's Account of his Mode of Life in a Letter to Carlyle. Death of Emerson's Son. Threnody

CHAPTER VI.

1843 1848. AET. 40 45.

"The Young American." Address on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies. Publication of the Second Series of Essays. Contents: The Poet. Experience. Character. Manners. Gifts. Nature. Politics. Nominalist and Realist. New England Reformers. Publication of Poems. Second Visit to England

CHAPTER VII.

1848 1853. AET. 45 50.

The "Massachusetts Quarterly Review." Visit to Europe. England. Scotland. France. "Representative Men" published. I. Lives of Great Men. II. Plato; or, the Philosopher; Plato; New Readings. III. Swedenborg; or, the Mystic. IV. Montaigne; or, the Skeptic. V. Shakespeare; or, the Poet. VI. Napoleon; or, the Man of the World. VII. Goethe; or, the Writer. Contribution to the "Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli"

CHAPTER VIII.

1853 1858. AET. 50 55.

Lectures in various Places. Anti Slavery Addresses. Woman. A Lecture read before the Woman's Rights Convention... Continue reading book >>




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