Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American philosopher, essayist, and poet.
He settled in Concord, Massachusetts, which he made a centre of transcendentalism, and wrote Nature in 1836, which states the movement's main principles emphasizing the value of self-reliance and the God-like nature of human souls.
His two volumes of Essays (1841, 1844) made his reputation.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard, Emerson became a Unitarian minister.
In 1832 he resigned and travelled to Europe, meeting the British writers Carlyle, Coleridge, and Wordsworth. On his return to the USA in 1833 he settled in Concord.
He made a second visit to England in 1847 and incorporated his impressions in English Traits in 1856. Much of his verse was published in the literary magazine the Dial.
His work includes Representative Life in 1850 and The Conduct of Life in 1870.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer and poet.