By Joel Myerson
There's no query that Emerson has maintained his position as one of many seminal figures in American heritage and literature. In his time, he was once the said chief of the Transcendentalist flow and his poetic legacy, schooling beliefs, and non secular techniques are quintessential to the formation of yank highbrow lifestyles. during this quantity, Joel Myerson, one of many major specialists in this interval, has accumulated jointly glowing new essays that debate Emerson as a manufactured from his occasions. person chapters supply a longer biographical learn of Emerson and his impression on American existence, through reports of his proposal of individualism, nature and average technology, faith, antislavery, and women's rights.
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Here we are impressed with the inexhaustible riches of nature. The Universe is a more amazing puzzle than ever as you glance along this bewildering series of animated forms,—the hazy butterflies, the carved shells, the birds, beasts, fishes, insects, snakes,—K the upheaving principle of life everywhere incipient in the very rock aping organized forms. Not a form so grotesque, so savage, nor so beautiful but is an expression of some property inherent in man the observer,—an occult relation between the very scorpions and man.
Between the 18505 and the 18705, he continued to work on this subject, elaborating on it in three substantial lecture series: "Natural Method of Mental Philosophy" (1858), "Philosophy for the People" (1866), and "Natural History of the Intellect" (1870,1871). A dimension of Emerson's development during the 18405 and 18505 which he considered as crucial to his personal and professional well-being as the love of his family and his increased stature in America and abroad was his participation in an ever- A Brief Biography 33 widening circle of intellectual friends and acquaintances.
Emerson's new American testament was perfectly timed. Indeed, its spirit was in the air, for Americans already had hints of the elevated national consciousness for which Emerson called in J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur's exuberant definition of them: "The American is a new man, who acts upon new principles]],] . . 8 Americans also had glimpses of the height to which this new consciousness called them in the verses of Philip Freneau, where all the promises of human culture first voiced in Asia, then in Europe, were portrayed as fully realized in the western movement of intellect, morals, and the arts to America: To western woods, and lonely plains, .
A Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson (Historical Guides to American Authors) by Joel Myerson