After studying at Harvard and teaching for a brief time, Emerson entered the ministry. He was appointed to the Old Second Church in his native city, but soon became an unwilling preacher. Unable in conscience to administer the sacrament of the Lord's Supper after the death of his nineteen-year-old wife of tuberculosis, Emerson resigned his pastorate in Carlyle, the Scottish-born English writer, was famous for his explosive attacks on hypocrisy and materialism, his distrust of democracy, and his highly romantic belief in the power of the individual.
After studying at Harvard and teaching for a brief time, Emerson entered the ministry. He was appointed to the Old Second Church in his native city, but soon became an unwilling preacher.
Carlyle, the Scottish-born English writer, was famous for his explosive attacks on hypocrisy and materialism, his distrust of democracy, and his highly romantic belief in the power of the individual. On his return to New England, Emerson became known for challenging traditional thought. Inhe married his second wife, Lydia Jackson, and settled in Concord, Massachusetts.
Known in the local literary circle as "The Sage of Concord," Emerson became the chief spokesman for Transcendentalism, the American philosophic and literary movement.
Centered in New England during the 19th century, Transcendentalism was a reaction against scientific rationalism.
His concept of the Over-Soul—a Supreme Mind that every man and woman share—allowed Transcendentalists to disregard external authority and to rely instead on direct experience. From toEmerson edited the Transcendentalist journal, The Dial.
Emerson wrote a poetic prose, ordering his essays by recurring themes and images. His poetry, on the other hand, is often called harsh and didactic. A believer in the "divine sufficiency of the individual," Emerson was a steady optimist.
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American poet, essayist, and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25, , in Boston, Massachusetts. After studying at Harvard and teaching for a brief time, Emerson entered the ministry.
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