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He developed his own philosophy (based on the non-Conformism of Quakerism) which captured the American imagination: American Transcendentalism.
The Transcendentalist movement is interesting because it combines so many elements, and at the same time capturing the spirit of what it may mean to be an American at a time when the country was still in its birthing pangs.
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Miscellanies The Text, With A Preface By Thomas Carlyle, Contains Emersons Twelve Humanist Studies Simply Entitled History, Self-Reliance, Compensation, Spiritual Laws, Love, Friendship, Prudence, Heroism, The Over-Souls, Circles, Intellect, And Art; Total 325 Copies; 25 Copies On Vellum.
The Lethe of nature Can't trace him again, Whose soul sees the perfect, Which his eyes seek in vain.
"Profounder, profounder, Man's spirit must dive; To his aye-rolling orbit No goal will arrive; The heavens that now draw him With sweetness untold, Once found,--for new heavens He spurneth the old. "Eterne alternation Now follows, now flied; And under pain, pleasure,-- Under pleasure, pain lies."But man crouches and blushes, Absconds and conceals; He creepeth and peepeth, He palters and steals; Infirm, melancholy, Jealous glancing around, An oaf, an accomplice, He poisons the ground."Outspoke the great mother, Beholding his fear;-- At the sound of her accents Cold shuddered the sphere:-- 'Who has drugged my boy's cup? Who, with sadness and madness, Has turned the man-child's head?"Pride ruined the angels, Their shame them restores; And the joy that is sweetest Lurks in stings of remorse. Love works at the centre, Heart-heaving alway; Forth speed the strong pulses To the borders of day. Thy sight is growing blear; Rue, myrrh, and cummin for the Sphinx-- Her muddy eyes to clear!"-- The old Sphinx bit her thick lip,-- Said, "Who taught thee me to name?A true testament to how important this slim volume is to American literature, thought, and culture! Fuller, Margaret; Thoreau, Henry David; A Magazine For Literature, Philosophy, And Religion,300 Copies; First Edited By Margaret Fuller (1840-42) And Then By Ralph Waldo Emerson (1842-44); Volume Iis Four Issues Contain Two Poems By Thoreau, Including His Important Friendship, Later Collected In His First Book, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, And Much By Emerson Including His Defining Piece Transcendentalism.12 Volumes; 500 Copies; The Volumes Are Titled, Society And Solitude, English Traits, Lectures And Biographical Sketches, Nature, Address, And Lectures, Conduct Of Life, Poems, Representative Men: Seven Lectures, Essays: First Series, Essays: Second Series, Letters And Social Aims, Miscellanies; Natural History Of Intellect And Other Papers.11 Volumes; Two Frontispiece Portraits; The Eleven Volumes Of The Edition Are As Follows: 1. The Transcendentalist: Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson is considered by some to be a crackpot, and by others to be a near genius - somewhere in the middle, I am sure his true importance lies. He was an early American philosopher, thinker, and teacher, who wrote lectures, commentaries and poems throughout his life. This entire set can currently be found (only 500 copies ever printed) for as little as eight hundred US dollars (and over a thousand in near mint condition). The holy grail for the Emerson collector however, would be Nature, 1936, the slim hardback book published by James Munroe of Boston which carries Emerson's first declaration of the Transcendentalist belief and attitude, and encapsulates its entire philosophy.