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Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American poet, Harvard graduate, philosopher, and lecturer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1803, Emerson was the son of a Unitarian minister who tragically died before the author reached the age of eight. At 14, Emerson went to Harvard College, where he started a journal that would come to be known as "Wide World."

After graduating from Harvard, Emerson's poor health forced him to move south. He eventually came to rest in St. Augustine, Florida, where he began writing poetry. Emerson also encountered many influences on his journeys through Europe. His first essay, Nature, was published in 1836. Just a year later the poet gave his famous speech, "The American Scholar," to students at Cambridge. Emerson went on to write many more speeches and lectured throughout the country. In his later years, Emerson suffered from mental ailments which made it increasingly difficult to write. He died of pneumonia in 1882.

Nature, Emerson's first work, posits that every element of nature is a divine entity. The essay is available in audiobook download format. Selected Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume 1, available for audio download, is a collection of five hand-picked essays from Emerson's early years. It's sequel, Selected Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Volume 2, contains five more works including The Poet, Gifts, Politics, and Illusions. And many other essays from Emerson are available on audio right here on LearnOutLoud.com. For some free Emerson listening check out our LearnOutLoud.com podcast The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson Podcast.

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Walt Whitman said, "...poetry is the voice of the nation, expressing its deepest concerns, ambitions and longings," which is certainly true of the great classic poetry of America...

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Here in one volume are both the Essays: First Series and Essays: Second Series from one of the most influential philosophers in American history....

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LearnOutLoud.com presents the Selected Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson Podcast. Born in 1803, Emerson was renowned during the mid 19th century as a philosopher, writer, public orator, naturalist, and spiritual trailblazer.

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"We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE."

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 1882) was an American essayist, philosopher, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid 19th century. His teachings directly influenced the growing New Thought movement of the mid-1800s.

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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.

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This Transcendentalist essay carefully read By B.R.McKay to convey the beauty of the language and complexity of thought.

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History is within everyone, so living life is the best way to know history/people/life. History books should be written from this more open, organic perspective.

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A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere, wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in Love and Friendship...

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Part of a larger series of essays in which Emerson examined various historical figures, "Napoleon: Man of the World" is an invaluable study of one of history's great leaders.

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