Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882

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Birth 1803-05-25
Death 1882-04-27
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Emerson was an American essayist and poet. James Elliot Cabot (1821-1903) was a long time friend of Emerson's and acted for a while as his secretary. He published A Memoir of Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1887.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson letters to James Elliot Cabot, 1845-1875. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612365700

American philosopher, essayist, poet, lecturer, Transcendentalist; resident of Concord, Mass. Born in Boston, 5/25/1803; died in Concord, 4/27/1882. Graduated from Harvard College 1821. While at Harvard, began to keep journals that served as source material for lectures, which in turn served as source material for books.

From the description of Culture : holograph, [1860]. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 34280268

American writer.

From the description of Letter, [1872?] Feb. 21, Concord, to James T. Field. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 166330268

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Concord, to Mrs. Hawthorne, [1864] July 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270614301

An American philosopher, essayist, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson letters, 1838-1875. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 645663932

American philosopher, essayist, poet, and lecturer; resident of Concord, Mass., and member of the First Parish in Concord. John Brown, Jr., to whom the letter is addressed, was clerk of the First Parish from 1856 until his death, a member of the Standing Committee of the church, a deacon, and superintendent of the Sunday school.

From the description of ALS : Concord, [Mass.], to John Brown, Jr., 1865 Apr. 30. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 33143894

Emerson was an American essayist and poet. James Elliot Cabot (1821-1903) was a long-time friend of Emerson and acted for a while as his secretary. He published A Memoir of Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1887.

From the guide to the Ralph Waldo Emerson letters to James Elliot Cabot, 1845-1875., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Beginning in 1959 and spanning multiple decades, the Harvard University Press published the Early lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by Stephen E. Whicher and Robert E. Spiller and The journals and miscellaneous notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by William H. Gilman, Alfred R. Ferguson, Ralph H. Orth and many others. The Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association was closely involved in the work of these publications.

From the guide to the Ralph Waldo Emerson edition papers, 1946-1968., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, poet, and philosopher.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson additional papers, 1852-1898. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612701656

From the guide to the Ralph Waldo Emerson additional papers, 1852-1898., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Reverend Caleb Stetson, 1793-1870, Unitarian pastor in Medford and Scituate, Massachusetts.

From the description of Letters, 1838-1844. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 41392452

Oration delivered by philosopher, essayist, poet, and Concord (Mass.) resident Emerson at public celebration in Concord of second centennial of incorporation of town, Sept. 12, 1835.

From the description of A historical discourse, delivered before the citizens of Concord on the second centennial anniversary of the incorporation of the town : holograph, [1835]. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 32764101

Emerson was an American essayist and poet, and a New England Transcendentalist.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson journals and notebooks, 1820-1880 and undated. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612236213

American man of letters.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p., to the Rev. John Pierpont, n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270614312

Poet and writer, of Concord (Middlesex Co.), Mass.

From the description of Papers, 1844-1877. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19406157

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American lecturer, poet, and essayist, and the leading exponent of New England Transcendentalism.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson miscellaneous compositions, 1825-1876. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612824204

From the description of Miscellaneous correspondence, 1825-1881. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612759232

From the guide to the Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Ralph Waldo Emerson miscellaneous correspondence, 1825-1881., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, poet and philosopher.

From the description of Letters to Ralph Waldo Emerson, ca. 1814-1882. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 79980193

American author.

From the description of Letter to Mrs. Sargent [manuscript], 1875 May 20. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647861947

Author and poet.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson papers, 1822-1971. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 159919920

Beginning in 1960 and spanning multiple decades, the Belknap Press imprint at the Harvard University Press, published The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by William H. Gilman, Alfred R. Ferguson, Ralph H. Orth and others. Volume IX was published in 1971.

From the description of The journals and miscellaneous notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume IX 1843-1847: printer's typescripts, 1971. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612857590

From the guide to the The journals and miscellaneous notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume IX 1843-1847, : printer's typescripts, 1971., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Emerson was an American essayist, poet, and philosopher.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson additional papers, ca. 1835-1891. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612701605

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson lectures and sermons, ca. 1831-1882. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612376561

From the guide to the Ralph Waldo Emerson additional papers, ca.1835-1891., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

From the guide to the Ralph Waldo Emerson lectures and sermons, ca. 1831-1882., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

American essayist and poet.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Concord, Massachusetts, to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, 1858 Apr. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270614305

From the description of Form letter, 1882 January 30, signed by Emerson and Ellen F. Whitney [manuscript]. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647810763

From the description of Autograph letter (signature cut away) : Concord, to Charles A. Dana, 1843 Oct. 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270614297

From the description of Autograph letter (signature cut away) : Concord, to Elizabeth Hoar, in England, 1859 Aug. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270614307

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Concord, to Richard Bentley, in London, 1854 Mar. 20. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270614283

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Concord, to Thomas Carlyle, 1839 Aug. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270614289

Epithet: of Add MS 33515

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000980.0x00039c

Lydia Maria Child, born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1802, published on numerous subjects, including domestic advice, children's literature, abolition and religion, and was an active abolitionist in New York and Massachusetts. She died in 1880.

From the guide to the The collected correspondence of Lydia Maria Child, 1817-1880 (inclusive), [microform]., 1817-1880, (American Philosophical Society)

Ralph Waldo Emerson is the quintessentially American literary figure of the 19th century, providing the conceptual bridge from a Puritan past to a genuine literary tradition. Essayist, lecturer, philosopher, poet, and organizer of the Transcendentalist movement, Emerson's work and thought continue to serve as a touchstone for American art and philosophy.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson letters, 1816-1871. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 49890785

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), author.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson collection, 1793-1937. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702173148

Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and poet.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson manuscript material : 1 item, 1853 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 183925627

From the guide to the Ralph Waldo Emerson manuscript material : 1 item, 1853, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

Beginning in 1959 and spanning multiple decades, the Harvard University Press published the Early lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by Stephen E. Whicher and Robert E. Spiller, and The journals and miscellaneous notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by William H. Gilman, Alfred R. Ferguson, Ralph H. Orth and many others. The Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association was closely involved in the work of these publications.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson edition papers, 1946-1968. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612861040

One letter (ALS) from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Mr. [Slack?] requesting his assistance in obtaining newspaper coverage for a lecture. Concord, Mass., 3 Dec. 1861.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson Letter, 1861. (University of California, Santa Barbara). WorldCat record id: 60458004

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist and poet.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, 1820-1877. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612701636

From the description of Letters to William Emerson, 1825-1868. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612370766

From the guide to the Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, 1820-1877., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

One letter (ALS) from Ralph Waldo Emerson to Daniel Ricketson, thanking him for his book "The History of New Bedford", and mentioning, re Henry David Thoreau, "We were all concerned that Mr. Thoreau would [prod her?] at the Music Hall on Sunday. From private reports I infer that he made a just impression." Concord, Mass., 11 October 1859.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson Letter, 1859. (University of California, Santa Barbara). WorldCat record id: 60457741

American philosopher, essayist, poet, lecturer, Transcendentalist; resident of Concord, Mass. Born in Boston, 5/25/1803; died in Concord, 4/27/1882. Father: William Emerson, pastor of First Church, Boston (d. 1811). Education influenced by aunt Mary Moody Emerson. Entered Harvard 1817; teachers included George Ticknor, Edward Everett, Edward Tyrrel Channing; graduated 1821. At Harvard, began to keep journals that later served as source material for lectures, which served as source material for books. Taught school before entering Harvard Divinity School.

(Cont.) Approved as candidate for Unitarian ministry 1826. In 1829, married Ellen Louisa Tucker, who died 1831. Became colleague of Rev. Henry Ware at Second Church in Boston 1829; resigned 1832. Toured Europe 1832-1833; met Carlyle, Wordsworth, Coleridge. On return to Boston, turned to lecturing as source of income. His Transcendentalism, expressed in 1st book Nature (1836), was shaped by reading German authors, Wordsworth, Plato, Neoplatonists, Eastern writings, Montaigne, & Swedenborg. In 1834, settled in Concord, home of ancestors Peter Bulkeley (founder & first minister of town).

(Cont.) & William Emerson. Married Lydia Jackson of Plymouth 1835. Friend of Thoreau, Alcott, Margaret Fuller, & others among Transcendentalists. "American Scholar" speech published 1837, "Divinity School Address" 1838. Dial was started 1840 with Emerson as major contributor, later editor. First series of Essays published 1842, second 1844, Poems 1847. Journeyed again to England & France 1847-1848. Spoke out against slavery during 1850's. One of founders of Saturday Club, 1855. Travelled to California, where he met John Muir, 1871. Concord home burned 1872.

(Cont.) Went abroad, returning to Concord to find home rebuilt through largesse of friends. Final decade marked by progressive mental decline. Son Edward Waldo Emerson edited posthumous ed. of complete works (published 1903-04), also journals (1909-14). James Elliot Cabot was literary executor.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson papers, 1835-1871. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 34279344

American philosopher, essayist, poet, lecturer, Transcendentalist; resident of Concord, Mass. Born in Boston, 5/25/1803; died in Concord, 4/27/1882. Father: William Emerson, pastor of First Church in Boston (d. 1811). Education influenced by aunt, Mary Moody Emerson. Entered Harvard in 1817; teachers included George Ticknor, Edward Everett, Edward Tyrrel Channing; graduated 1821. At Harvard, began to keep journals that later served as source material for lectures, which in turn served as source material for books. Taught school before entering Harvard.

(Cont.) Divinity School. Approved as candidate for Unitarian ministry in 1826. In 1829, married Ellen Louisa Tucker, who died 1831. Became colleague of Rev. Henry Ware at Second Church in Boston 1829; resigned 1832. Toured Europe 1832-1833; met Carlyle, Wordsworth, Coleridge. On return to Boston, turned to lecturing, as source of income. His Transcendentalism, expressed in first book Nature (1836), was shaped by reading German authors, Wordsworth, Plato, Neoplatonists, Eastern writings, Montaigne, and Swedenborg. In 1834, settled in Concord, home of ancestors Peter Bulkeley.

(Cont.) (founder and first minister of town) and William Emerson. In 1835, married Lydia Jackson of Plymouth. Friend of Thoreau, Alcott, Margaret Fuller, and others among Transcendentalists. "American Scholar" speech published 1837, "Divinity School Address" 1838. The Dial was started 1840 with Emerson as major contributor, later editor. First series of Essays published 1842, second 1844, Poems 1847. Journeyed again to England and France 1847-48. Spoke out against slavery during 1850's. One of founders of Saturday Club, 1855. Travelled to California, where he met John Muir, 1871. In 1872.

(Cont.) his Concord home burned. Went abroad, returning home to find public welcome and home rebuilt through largesse of friends. Final decade marked by progressive mental decline. Son Edward Waldo Emerson edited posthumous ed. of complete works (published 1903-04), also journals (1909-1914). (Another ed. of journals published by Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1960-1982.) James Elliot Cabot was literary executor.

From the description of Journals and notebooks : typed transcripts, 1819-1875. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 34072114

Ralph Waldo Emerson--American philosopher, essayist, poet, lecturer, and resident of Concord, Mass.--became acquainted with Charles King Newcomb in 1840. Newcomb, born 1820, was a son of Lieutenant Henry S. Newcomb and Rhoda Mardenborough Newcomb. Graduated from Brown University 1837. Boarded at Brook Farm 1841-1845. Lived primarily in Providence 1845-1865. Joined Tenth Rhode Island Volunteers 1862; sent to defend Washington from possible Confederate attack. Lived in Philadelphia 1866-1871, in Europe 1871-1894. Died in Paris 1894. Diarist, admirer of Swedenborgian philosophy.

(Cont.) poet, friend and correspondent of Margaret Fuller as well as of Emerson. Newcomb's only published work was "The First Dolon" (from "The Two Dolons"), contributed to the Dial for July, 1842.

From the description of Ralph Waldo Emerson letters to Charles King Newcomb, 1842 Mar. 18-1858 July 25. (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 34280139

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston on 25 May 1803. Emerson was educated at Boston Latin School, 1812-1817 and at Harvard College, 1821-1825. In 1822 he published his first article in The Christian Disciple . Emerson was admitted to Harvard Divinity School in 1825 and was ordained minister of a Unitarian Church in Boston in 1829, where he remained until October 1832.

On resigning his only pastoral post, because of doctrinal disputes, Emerson embarked upon the first of three trips to Europe in December 1832, during which time meetings with other writers developed his notions of the transcendent. On returning to the United States in 1834, Emerson settled in Concord, Massachusetts, which became a centre of Transcendentalism. The following year Emerson published Nature , which stated the movement's main principles. Throughout his life Emerson lectured and wrote on philosophy, literature, slavery and religion. Emerson died in Concord, age 78, on 27 April 1882

From the guide to the Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1844-1867, (Senate House Library, University of London)

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston on 25 May 1803. Emerson was educated at Boston Latin School, 1812-1817 and at Harvard College, 1821-1825. In 1822 he published his first article in The Christian Disciple. Emerson was admitted to Harvard Divinity School in 1825 and was ordained minister of a Unitarian Church in Boston in 1829, where he remained until October 1832.

On resigning his only pastoral post, because of doctrinal disputes, Emerson embarked upon the first of three trips to Europe in December 1832, during which time meetings with other writers developed his notions of the transcendent. On returning to the United States in 1834, Emerson settled in Concord, Massachusetts, which became a centre of Transcendentalism. The following year Emerson published Nature, which stated the movement's main principles. Throughout his life Emerson lectured and wrote on philosophy, literature, slavery and religion. Emerson died in Concord, age 78, on 27 April 1882.

From the guide to the Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson (inserted manuscript), ?1847, (Senate House Library, University of London)

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