Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Best of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays, Poems, Addresses

Punctuated by an occasional short poem, Emerson's essays and addresses provocatively instruct from a metaphysical perspective on many fronts; scholarship (don't rely on book knowledge---build on it empirically), Christianity (should be less about history and more about embodying the Christ Spirit), American citizenship (progress should trump tradition); Nature, described with eight facets (nature, commodity, beauty, language, discipline, idealism, Spirit, prospects); Politics (self governance is the ideal-the existing government “is but a shabby imitation” of a wise man) and much more. 283 pgs.

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: PS1603 H3 1941
2nd Floor Humanities Library
Review submitted by: Tracie Hall, Serials & Acquisitions Librarian, Law Library
Rating: Recommended

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