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This volume, edited by Carl Bode in collaboration with Malcolm Cowley, presents the essential Emerson, selected from works that eloquently express the philosophy of a worldly idealist. The Portable Emerson comprises essays, including “History,” “Self-Reliance,” “The Over-Soul,” “Circles,” and “The Poet”; Emerson’s first book, Nature, in its entirety; twenty-two poems, inclThis volume, edited by Carl Bode in collaboration with Malcolm Cowley, presents the essential Emerson, selected from works that eloquently express the philosophy of a worldly idealist. The Portable Emerson comprises essays, including “History,” “Self-Reliance,” “The Over-Soul,” “Circles,” and “The Poet”; Emerson’s first book, Nature, in its entirety; twenty-two poems, including “Uriel,” “The Humble-Bee,” and “Give All to Love”; orations, including “The American Scholar,” “The Fugitive Slave Law,” and “John Brown”; English Traits, complete; and biographical essays on Plato, Napoleon, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Carlyle, and others....

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  • Samuel
    2019-02-09 05:30

    When one reads Ralph Waldo Emerson's writings they should keep in mind of three things: nature, God, and New England. All three of these things listed are shown in numerous essays, letters, poems, etc. Another thing that comes to mind is Emerson's politics, he basically was one of several American philosophers who was nether a liberal or conservative but more likely a libertarian. Founder of the transcendentalism movement the core ideas seemed to be finding nature in God and the importance of individualism.

  • Theresa
    2019-02-01 02:27

    How can a man who said and wrote so many lovely things also, somehow, be sooooo egregiously boring? Seeing as how I am most certainly NOT a philosophy scholar, I think it would have been better for me to have half-assed it and read something closer to "Emerson's Greatest Hits." ...although I thought that's kind of what this was meant to be. Eh.

  • Kate
    2019-02-02 05:29

    I could - and maybe should - read "Self-Reliance" at least once every month. For me it's one of those texts that gives you a good slap on the face and forces you to really scrutinize your priorities. There are things I still have questions about (namely, his attitude towards charity) but that only adds to the richness of the text. Quite non-dual, too.

  • Wayne
    2019-02-18 03:25

    Living in New York, you can lose touch with nature. Reading this on the subway in the mornings instead of AM new york or Metro, really helps one connect with something bigger than themselves even in a crowded, materialistic, adrenaliine driven city.

  • Lori
    2019-02-19 08:09

    obviously a reread, but really liking this penguin collected edition

  • James
    2019-02-13 06:10

    Amongst all his poetry the following is one of my favorites.The Snow-StormAnnounced by all the trumpets of the sky,Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,Seems nowhere to alight: the whited airHides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,And veils the farm-house at the garden's end.The sled and traveller stopped, the courier's feetDelayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sitAround the radiant fireplace, enclosedIn a tumultuous privacy of storm.Come see the north wind's masonry.Out of an unseen quarry evermoreFurnished with tile, the fierce artificerCurves his white bastions with projected roofRound every windward stake, or tree, or door.Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild workSo fanciful, so savage, nought cares heFor number or proportion. Mockingly,On coop or kennel he hangs Parian wreaths;A swan-like form invests the hidden thorn;Fills up the farmer's lane from wall to wall,Maugre the farmer's sighs; and, at the gate,A tapering turret overtops the work.And when his hours are numbered, and the worldIs all his own, retiring, as he were not,Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished ArtTo mimic in slow structures, stone by stone,Built in an age, the mad wind's night-work,The frolic architecture of the snow.

  • Gervaze
    2019-01-25 08:22

    Well, this is the great Ralph Waldo Emerson. When one speaks of Emerson as regards words and thought, there comes the muse that herein lies the 'sentence.' Few if any realize that Emerson had attained what in some circles is coined "Cosmic Consciousness." His writings were among the most principled, spanning the periods of the 18th and 19th Centuries among the men and women of Letters of America and Britain -- and simply literary concerns generally, regardless of origin. One today relies so heavily upon colloquialism and slang but should one get-on to the like of an Emerson, one finds that eloquence of word and thought far exceeds anything that can be got-up by popular thought and speech. Emerson's was classic.

  • David A. Beardsley
    2019-01-23 01:16

    Despite efforts to reduce Emerson to an avuncular source of pithy quotes, his essays, when read in their fullness, still contain the power to move and inspire people today. He was deeply American, yet also aware of the tradition of Idealism, dating back to Plato and beyond, which shaped much of his thinking. His use of language takes some getting used to, since he was often writing at the edge of what is expressible in words, but when you have acquired a taste for him it's difficult to go back to the pablum that characterizes much of today's "spiritual" writing. This book offers a good cross-section of his essays, lectures, and poems.

  • Alex Gregory
    2019-01-30 05:26

    Solid primer on one of America's master writers. I profess that the subject matter was very difficult to follow at times, as I'm not that big on poetry or long-form essays with more classical language. Nonetheless, this is an excellent book for anyone just getting into the man's works, and there are some short stories and speeches that stay with you after you've read them.Recommended.

  • H.g. Callaway
    2019-02-02 04:22

    This book is a collection of Emerson's essays and poems--perhaps the standard collection for the generl reader. For the scholar, it is often useful to quote this edition, since it is so widely available. Sound scholarship--though now a little older than the recent work in the current Emerson revival. The book has been frequently reprinted.

  • Dan Kelly
    2019-02-03 06:19

    Self-reliance is one of a handful of essays and books I dig out and reread every couple of months, or whenever I'm feeling a bit adrift. It's about as close as I get to inspirational, but this has an edge to it.

  • Michael
    2019-02-21 06:24

    Perhaps one of the most quintessential American reads. I don't believe I will ever stop reading this book.

  • James Violand
    2019-01-30 02:21

    A brilliant man, famous during his time. He should be revisited frequently.

  • Sara
    2019-02-01 04:10

    Love this book, I always turn to the essay "self reliance" when I feel down.

  • Erika
    2019-01-31 09:14

    Read in Bordeaux while preparing my thesis

  • Ryan Brady
    2019-01-26 03:15

    Read:"The American Scholar"Nature"Self-Reliance""The Poet""Experience"

  • Maggie Brown
    2019-01-31 04:31

    A major book for my 'deserted island' list. Dip into it every year since I discovered him in the 1960's and am always pleasantly surprised how much I learn.

  • Robb Menlove
    2019-02-12 05:10

    Smartest American of all time?