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Essays and Poems, by Ralph Waldo Emerson, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classicsseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

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Published August 1st 2005 by Barnes & Noble Classics (first published 1856)
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travis
great works are timeless. sometimes the right book finds you at the right time and makes everything ok.
Michelle Lyle
This is astounding. There is a reason why Emerson's words show up on everything from bookmarks to refridgerator magnets. They're pristine and profound. Some of these essays will stay with you long after you read them, as they reach far into your head and heart and demand you to be honest with yourself. The poetry is a little less, but still far reaching.
This is astounding. There is a reason why Emerson's words show up on everything from bookmarks to refridgerator magnets. They're pristine and pr...more
John Rivera
I love Emerson. I love these cheap Barnes and Noble paperbacks too. I keep a nice hardcover to be shelved and read from time to time and I keep this one to highlight, underline, dog-ear, etc. etc. This book which has filled a segment of my mind and which now bears the marks and wear of my mind, feels as though it is a part of my mind.
Jacqueline
I first read Emerson in an American Literature course and immediately fell in love. I'm a big fan of nature so the transcendentalist view attracted my attention. Emerson uses very intense vocabulary and sentence structure, but once you spend the time to read things slowly you can decipher so much meaning in his writing. His work is an example of how I hope to write in the future, full of knowledge, experience and eloquence. He gave me an entire new appreciation for nature, making me reconsider e...more
GONZA
....Confida in te stesso: ogni cuore vibra a una tale corda di ferro. Accetta il posto che il divino provvedere ha trovato per tela società dei tuoi contemporanei la connessione degli eventi. Gli uomini grandi sempre fecero così e affidarono se stessi fanciullescamente al genio della loro età testimoniandola loro percezione che l'assolutamente affidabile aveva preso posto nei loro cuori operando attraverso le loro mani prendendo possesso di tutto il loro essere. E siamo ora anche noi uomini e do...more
Lesliemae
Aug 03, 2009 Lesliemae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those desiring inspiration to carry on - up again, old heart!
Recommended to Lesliemae by: Michael Boughn
From Self-Reliance:
"There is one mind common among all men."
"I would write on the lintels of my doorpost: Whim."
"No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature"

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May 2009 inscription:
I fell for **** this month and have constructed an entire imaginary future - is this wrong to entertain? Frustrating, yes, but wrong? I look at @@@ and know I really do like being with him, but want **** too.

August 2009 inscription:
**** and I went on a scooter trip on Friday to start the perfect long...more
Janet Diaz
This is one of those books destined to remain with us for a lifetime. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get to the marrow of life without fear.

Jane De vries
Anything by Emerson makes me proud to be from new England. To be read again and again.
Karen Hanson
While these essays definitely take a bit of effort to read, they are well worth it. I read this on and off over a period of a year or so. I appreciated that it was easy to pick up, read an essay, and then come back to it later when I had the time. There were so many wonderful bits of knowledge and deep insights included in this book. I found myself constantly underlining things I read and thinking about the ideas throughout the day. Emerson is one of the few 'classic' writers that deserves the l...more
Devon
Emerson was a spineless opportunist who took ideas from everyone with whom he was ever in contact. His verse is uninspiring and his prose is convoluted...While I don't deny his ideas were crucial in the shaping of the American identity, I believe the Emersonian tradition of self-reliance contributed to the capitalist nightmare we have to deal with today. Also, his ideas about feminism are upsetting: he only seemed to be concerned with how women on equal footing with men would be beneficial for m...more
Mary
I read "Self Reliance" and "Experience" for my Modern/PostModern MOOC course from Wesleyan. Emerson is as relevant today as he was then. To thine own self be true...No that was Shakespeare. Well, these are universals but it's good to have it all spelled out for you. It helps you look at yourself.
Leonardo
One of my all time favorites
Janean
I don't know if I can actually classify this book as 'read', since I just couldn't get through it and abandoned it after a week. I really tried, but 30 pages into the first essay and I couldn't tell ya what I just read. So, I skipped to the next one and only made it 5 pages in before I flipped to the poetry. Poetry may not be my thing. It was so abstract and boring to me that I just put this one down. Sorry Mr. Emerson!
Dave
Emerson has alot to say. Unfortunately, He has too much to say and his writing (speeches) are convoluted and difficult to follow. He is so discursive that I often wondered what subject he was addressing. No doubt of his intelligence(crazy genius?) and while he uses reason, his in depth expositions are like blather. This book took me 7 months to finish, I read 40 other books while avoiding this one.
Rhea Rosier
I am biased and totally in love with Ralph Waldo Emerson. Everything he thinks and puts down into words hits home with me. Truly life changing in its simplicity and understanding of the world around us. I have read nearly everything he has ever written and some of it multiple times. If I had to recommend specific essays they would be Circles and The Over-Soul.
Elizabeth
If RW were alive today, he'd be a bestselling self-help guru. This book is fantastic. There are some lesser known essays in this book that are excellent. One such essay is called "Illusions."

Self-reliance is a classic essay as is Nature. Power is very interesting as well.

I'm not much for Ralph's poetry but he sure could write an amazing essay!
David
Almost certainly my desert island book. I first read Emerson in college and have returned to him more or less annually ever since. Returning again to him this past summer was an invigorating experience. Those new to Emerson should start with "The American Scholar."
Brittany Sanford
I scan through this and read this periodically over time. I never really stop reading it ever. This is just something that I always reflect on and come back to.

I love Emerson. I've learned so much
Anam Shabbir
Every single word In this BOOK by Ralph is truely magical and touched my soul too.Everey one like me can learn a true meaning of all expressions and feelings in its best way!
Travis
I've read several essays already, and I must admit, he is quite a form of genius. "Nature", being the longest, is one of the most thought-provoking of all of them.
Clint
An excellent collection of Emerson's works. He is my favorite author and has inspired me to live a better, fuller, wiser, and more meaningful life.
Katieb (MundieMoms)
This is a great book that I read whenever I need a little mental break... it's a great "pick me up" book. I love reading classic literature.
Cameron
Jul 06, 2011 Cameron is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A book I will probably always be reading. It's full of such great wisdom that to say," I'm done," with this work would be a travesty.
Ssadow
Oct 22, 2008 Ssadow added it
Probably the wisest man that the US ever had, even though he didn't get along with Lincoln and sometimes was dreadfully boring.
Michelle
Nov 14, 2007 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: yes
Whenever I'm feeling like i need a little mental boost, i pick this book up and read. It challenges and inspires me in life.
John
I don't agree with all his philosophies, but for the most part this is great writing. Almost every sentence a gem.
Ben
Emerson's writings are clear and, like fellow transcendentalist/naturalist Henry David Thoreau, chock full of wisdom.
Bonnie
So glad I read this in a class. The instructor was instrumental in explaining and helping me enjoy this poem.
Chris
Rereading this beast to prepare for reading Emerson's biography. Sooo excited in the dorkiest way possible.
Craig
Read introduction and supplementary material (reading Emerson's texts from his complete works)
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in 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston. Educated at Harvard and the Cambridge Divinity School, he became a Unitarian minister in 1826 at the Second Church Unitarian. The congregation, with Christian overtones, issued communion, something Emerson refused to do. "Really, it is beyond my comprehension," Emerson once said, when asked by a seminary professor whether he believed in God. (Quoted...more
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