Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American author, poet, philosopher, and orator. Known for his non-fiction essays and crowd-drawing speeches, his work greatly influenced his contemporaries as well as literary history. Nature created the foundations of transcendentalism, and it profoundly influenced Henry David Thoreau and his later writing of Walden. Emerson is also considered one of the first American writers to create a literary style that is uniquely American. Emerson's Collected Essays: First (1841) and Second (1844) Series, including the seminal essays "History," "Self-Reliance," "Experience," and "Politics," is considered one of the 100 greatest books of all time.
- History (1841)
- 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. Someone experiencing life is closer to true knowledge than someone who reads about it.
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