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Emerson's Essays

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Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 93,087 / 277 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 20,105
Added to site: 2005.09.05 10803

Edited by Edna Turpin.
Life Of Emerson
Critical Opinions
Chronological List Of Principal Works
The American Scholar
Self Reliance
Shakespeare; Or, The Poet

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the individual.' To discover what a young man is good for, and to equip him for the path he is to strike out in life, regardless of any other consideration, is the great duty to which he calls attention. He makes men self-reliant. He reveals to the eyes of the idealist the magnificent results of practical activity, and unfolds before the realist the grandeur of the ideal world of thought. No man is to allow himself, through prejudice, to make a mistake in choosing the task to which he will devote his life. Emerson's essays are, as it were, printed sermons--all having this same text.... The wealth and harmony of his language overpowered and entranced me anew. But even now I cannot say wherein the secret of his influence lies. What he has written is like life itself--the unbroken thread ever lengthened through the addition of the small events which make up each day's experience."

Froude in his famous "Life of Carlyle" gives an interesting description of Emerson's visit to the Carlyles in Scotland:

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never really see the content..i have always loved Waldo's essay



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