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Top 10 Ralph Waldo Emerson Writings


Ralph Waldo Emerson is known for essays, lectures, addresses, poetry, and other literature. Read these collections, which feature some of his most famous reflections.

1. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays and Lectures

by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Joel Porte (Editor). Library of America. This collection includes: "Nature: Addresses and Lectures," "Essays: First and Second Series," "Representative Men," "English Traits," "The Conduct of Life," along with addresses, lectures, and uncollected prose.

2. Emerson's Poetry and Prose: A Norton Critical Edition

by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Joel Porte (Editor), Saundra Morris (Editor). W.W. Norton. This collection includes sermons, lectures, essays, addresses, and poems. Find contemporary interpretations by 14 writers.

3. Emerson's Essays

by Ralph Waldo Emerson. HarperPerennial. From the publisher: "The only collection of the complete First and Second Series of essays by America's most popular sage, available in an affordable paperback edition. A must for students of American culture and literature."

4. The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Brooks Atkinson (Editor). Random House. From the publisher: "The definitive collection of Emerson's major speeches, essays, and poetry, 'The Essential Ralph Waldo Emerson' chronicles the life's work of a true 'American Scholar'."

5. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Collected Poems and Translations

by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harold Bloom (Editor), Paul Kane (Editor). Library of America. This collection brings together published and unpublished works, some of which were left in manuscript at the time of Emerson's death.

6. The Portable Emerson

by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Malcolm Cowley (Editor). Penguin Putnam. Read some of Emerson's most well-known works, all in this portable edition. This collection includes: "The Sphinx," "English Traits," and other works.

7. Self-Reliance: The Wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson as Inspiration

by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Crown Publishing Group. From the publisher: "A finely honed abridgement of Emerson's principal essays with an introduction that clarifies the essence of Emerson's ideas and establishes their relevance to our own troubled era. This is the first truly accessible edition of Emerson's work, revealing him to be one of America's wisest teachers."

8. The Heart of Emerson's Journals

by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bliss Perry (Editor). Dover Publications. Bliss Perry selects journal entries from 55 years. From the publisher: "Splendid, revealing record of Emerson's personal beliefs, as well as a social and historical record of his age."

9. Emerson's Literary Criticism

by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Eric W. Carlson (Editor). University of Nebraska Press. This book collects more than 60 critical selections from Emerson. From the publisher: "Carlson relates Emerson's critical principles to his philosophy, social thought, and literary milieu, and also to biographical details."

10. Emerson's Antislavery Writings

by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Joel Myerson (Editor), Len Gougeon (Editor). Yale University Press. From the publisher: "Although Ralph Waldo Emerson is commonly recognized as one of the most radical thinkers and important reformers of his age, little has been said regarding his thoughts on the most critical reform of his period - the abolition movement."

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