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Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Susan Gabriel

on 20 April 2010

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Family Born on May 25, 1803 in Boston His parents were Rev. William and Ruth Haskins Emerson. Ralph's dad died 2 weeks befor his 8th birthday Came from a long line of Unitarian ministers Married Ellen Tucker in September 1829. She died a year and a half later. Ralph never remarried. He died April 27, 1882. Education Went to school at Boston Latin School. Enrolled in Harvard when he was 14 years old. After he graduated from Harvard, he became an ordained Unitarian minister. Religion In 1829 he became a minister for the Unitarian church. After his wife died, Ralph began questioning his faith and resigned from the church. Jr. Pastor for Boston's Second Church. Chaplain for the Massachusettes Senate. Lectures and Writings First transcendentalist. This is someone who spoke against materialism, formal religion and slavery. Began keeping a journal when he was 17 and kept it for over 50 years. Started doing lectures for money after he quit preaching. His lectures led to his essays and books. Started publishing his books in 1840. Famous Works "Nature" as written in 1836. The belief that everything is a microcosm of the universe. Best known poems are:
Threnody
Brahma
The Problem
The Rhodora
The Concord
His poems are often called harsh and didactic.
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