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Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Transcript of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American poet, essayist, and philosopher.
He was born in 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts.
He was the fourth child of William and Ruth Haskins Emerson.
His father was an important Boston minister.
Emerson was only eight, when his father died.
His mother ran a boarding-house to support the family.
In 1817, at age fourteen, he entered Harvard College.
He wrote and won minor prizes for his writing.
He graduated from Harvard in 1821.
He took a job as a teacher.
Then in 1826 he began his career as a Unitarian minister.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was best known for
The leading exponent of the Transcendentalist movement (1830s-40s)
Championing individualism and intuition in spiritual beliefs.
His quotes and his successful lecturers.
He got married with Ellen Tucker in September 1829.
She died a year and a half later by tuberculosis, leaving Emerson alone.
He became unsuccessful. So in 1832 he resigned his work.
He takes a ten-month tour of Europe.
When he get back he started working and earned a modest salary
After a few seasons Emerson organized his own lecture.
In 1835, he married his second wife, Lydia Jackson, and settled in Concord, Massachusetts.
Ralph waldo emerson He began publishing his lecture books in the early 1840s.
Emerson's first book, Nature and he also wrote a poet.
Emerson's most well known works are Essays, First and Second Series (1841, 1844).
The First Series includes Emerson's famous essay, "Self-Reliance," in which the writer instructs his listener to examine his relationship with Nature and God, and to trust his own judgment above all others.
His life and health became worse after his house burned in 1872.
He died quietly of pneumonia in 1882 THE End!
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