Essential Emerson

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Narrator: Archibald MacLeish
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Poetry
Publisher: Caedmon
Published In: September 2008
Length: 1 hour
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Although Emerson's poetry reveals that he regarded life as a tragedy, he also had a belief in humanity, a pride in human life which gave America a brief revival of the nobility of spirit in which it was founded. On this CD, Archibald MacLeish, a distinguished poet himself, reads many of Emerson's best-known works.

Author Details

Author Details

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1803. A self-proclaimed "Naturalist," Emerson founded a distinctly American philosophy emphasizing optimism, individuality, and mysticism. In the 1840's, his essays, speeches, and poetry defined him as a central character in the Trancendental movement, and ultimately shaped him into one of the most influential literary figures of the nineteenth century. He died of pneumonia in 1882 in Concord, Massachusetts.