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The Tao of Emerson the Tao of Emerson

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The Tao of Emerson strikingly brings together two of the most influential voices in the history of letters: Lao Tse, the sixth-century B.C. Chinese mystic, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American transcendentalist known to many as “the sage of Concord.”

By adroitly juxtaposing on facing pages the texts of Lao Tse’s masterpiece, the Tao Te Ching, with Emerson’s writings, Rich

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Published August 16th 2009 by Modern Library (first published November 6th 2007)
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This book presents each chapter of the Tao Te Ching side-by-side with comparable pieces from Ralph Waldo Emerson's writing, demonstrating Emerson's Taoist-like philosophy. I've always seen the parallel, which was actually one of the things that had intrigued me about Taoism, after I became a fan of Emerson. So I was curious to see what could be done in comparing the two side-by-side.

I was a bit disappointed. Maybe my hopes were too high. I was hoping to see a striking similarity between the two.
Joe Newell
I like the Tao vey much, I've read it through a few times. I've never read any Emerson, I thought the idea of the two being demonstrated as similar was interesting. However for me it didn't deliver. The Emerson parts just didnt make sense to me, like quotes being pulled out of his writings not in context perhaps? I dont know, just that it seemed like jibberish to me.
2-3 stars. Tao is a dece work. Emerson is OK - sometimes too unproductively cryptic. Overall, too esoteric for me
Incredible connections: Wish I found it years ago.
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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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