Emerson in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His by Ronald A. & Joel Bosco & Myerson

By Ronald A. & Joel Bosco & Myerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was once one of many seminal figures in American highbrow historical past, literature and tradition. In his time he was once the stated chief of the Trascendentalist stream; his poetic legacy stretches from Walt Whitman to Allen Ginsberg; his academic beliefs were embraced via many; and his spiritual ideas vastly encouraged the improvement of the Unitarian (later Unitarian Universalist) church.

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He sometimes came to the private school kept by Miss Jane Whiting, which his own children attended, and heard us read. We did not do much [ ] emerson in his own time studying at this delightful school, but we were given many exercises in dictation and read several hours daily, principally Marmion, Lady of the Lake, and Lay of the Last Minstrel. One auspicious morning Mr. Emerson told us of the aged Wordsworth whom he had seen upon both his visits to England. He described his little home nestled under Rydal Mount and by the side of Rydal Water, how they walked together on the high ridge behind the house, and the poet pointed out the trees he had planted and the walk in which he had composed thousands of his verses.

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