Emerson, Ralph Waldo ___ 1803-1882 ___ American ___ writer priest

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His father, a Unitarian minister, died when Emerson was only 8; and at 14 he entered Harvard University, paying his way partly through a scholarship and partly by tutoring. He went on to study at Harvard Divinity School. In 1829, he married Ellen Tucker, but she died less than two years later. Thereafter, he moved to Concord, and, in 1835, married Lydia Jackson. The following year he published his first book, 'Nature', which laid out his belief in transcendentalism. Later, he also published essays and poems. He became a well-known lecturer not only in the US, but also in Europe, and many of his speeches were published. In 1840 Emerson joined with others in publishing 'The Dial'. One of the younger contributors was Henry David Thoreau, another diarist, who lived with Emerson in the early 1840s, and was his most well-known disciple. During the 1850s, Emerson became strongly interested in the anti-slavery movement, and he actively supported war against the South.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1820-1875 ___ literary family society religious nature people social philosophy culture

WEB TEXT LINKS
etext
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several quotes on Thoreau

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Harvard University: Houghton Library - possibly

SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Heart of Emerson's Journals
 

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