Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American author, poet, and philosopher.

Life[change | change source]

Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1803. His father was a Unitarian minister. He chose not to follow the beliefs of the Unitarians and created his own world view, Transcendentalism. He first wrote about this view in an essay called Nature in 1836.[1] Emerson's father died when he was only eight years old. He studied at school in Boston and went to Harvard University, one of the most well rated universities in the country. Emerson was a Unitarian.[2]

In his later life, Emerson was a close friend of many other important authors and philosophers, including William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Stuart Mill, and Thomas Carlyle. He travelled the world, including France, England, Italy and the Middle East. He died of pneumonia in Concord, Massachusetts.

Notable Works[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. [www.rwe.org "The Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson"]. www.rwe.org. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  2. [http://www25.uua.org/uuhs/duub/articles/charlesdickens.html "Ralph Waldo Emerson"]. 25.uua.org. http://www25.uua.org/uuhs/duub/articles/charlesdickens.html. Retrieved November 30, 2013.