Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson

A collection of seven lectures, published as a book of essays in 1850. The first essay discusses the role played by "great men" in society, and the remaining six each extoll the virtues of one of six men deemed by Emerson to be great: Plato ('the Philosopher'); Emanuel Swedenborg ('the Mystic'); Michel de Montaigne ('the Skeptic'); William Shakespeare ('the Poet'); Napoleon ('the Man of the World'); and, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ('...

Nature By Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nature By Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is an essay that puts forth the foundation of transcendentalism, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Transcendentalism suggests that the divine, or God, suffuses nature, and suggests that reality can be understood by studying nature. Chapters include: Nature; Commodity; Beauty; Language; Discipline; Idealism; Spirit; and, Prospects.