Essays, First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Essays, First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“I do not wish to treat friendships daintily but with roughest courage. When they are real, they are not glass beads or frost-work but the solidest thing we know....” is how Ralph Waldo Emerson saw the ties of friendship in one of his essays titled Friendship, more than a hundred years ago. This and other interesting essays are included in Essays First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the distinguished American philosopher and writer. Apart from writing, he was also a very gifted and popular public speaker who toured the length and breadth of the country sharing his ideas with the larger public. A distinguishing feature of Emerson's work in both lectures and writings was that he initially focused on religious and spiritual matters like many of his contemporaries, but in time, he moved away from such a narrow range and deepened and broadened the nature of his ideas. His friends included Thoreau, Oliver Wendell Holmes and through his works, he extended his influence to many thinkers, including those as widely different as Nietzsche and William James (who was also his godson.) His ideas were considered quite innovative and radical for the time. He was a staunch believer in individual freedom and equality of the races. As a strong supporter of abolitionism, he believed that slavery was a prime example of human injustice. Known as the “Concord Sage” Emerson's thoughts influenced the politics and thinking of the age. His essays were almost all written for the lecture format initially and their almost conversational style makes them very readable. These essays cover a range of subjects including Prudence, Self-Reliance, Heroism, Art, Spiritual Laws, History and a host of other interesting topics. Today the art of essay-writing and reading has almost disappeared and Essays First Series written by a master of the form can indeed provide hours of thought-provoking and deeply philosophical reading.
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“I do not wish to treat friendships daintily but with roughest courage. When they are real, they are not glass beads or frost-work but the solidest thing we know....” is how Ralph Waldo Emerson saw the ties of friendship in one of his essays titled Friendship, more than a hundred years ago. This and other interesting essays are included in Essays First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the distinguished American philosopher and writer. Apart from writing, he was also a very gifted and popular public speaker who toured the length and breadth of the country sharing his ideas with the larger public. A distinguishing feature of Emerson's work in both lectures and writings was that he initially focused on religious and spiritual matters like many of his contemporaries, but in time, he moved away from such a narrow range and deepened and broadened the nature of his ideas. His friends included Thoreau, Oliver Wendell Holmes and through his works, he extended his influence to many thinkers, including those as widely different as Nietzsche and William James (who was also his godson.) His ideas were considered quite innovative and radical for the time. He was a staunch believer in individual freedom and equality of the races. As a strong supporter of abolitionism, he believed that slavery was a prime example of human injustice. Known as the “Concord Sage” Emerson's thoughts influenced the politics and thinking of the age. His essays were almost all written for the lecture format initially and their almost conversational style makes them very readable. These essays cover a range of subjects including Prudence, Self-Reliance, Heroism, Art, Spiritual Laws, History and a host of other interesting topics. Today the art of essay-writing and reading has almost disappeared and Essays First Series written by a master of the form can indeed provide hours of thought-provoking and deeply philosophical reading.
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01 - History

08 May 2021 | 55 mins 19 secs

01 - History

08 May 2021 | 55 mins 19 secs

02 - Self-Reliance

07 May 2021 | 07 mins 56 secs

02 - Self-Reliance

07 May 2021 | 07 mins 56 secs

03 - Compensation

06 May 2021 | 51 mins 46 secs

03 - Compensation

06 May 2021 | 51 mins 46 secs

04 - Spiritual Laws

05 May 2021 | 52 mins 57 secs

04 - Spiritual Laws

05 May 2021 | 52 mins 57 secs

05 - Love

04 May 2021 | 29 mins 57 secs

05 - Love

04 May 2021 | 29 mins 57 secs

06 - Friendship

03 May 2021 | 40 mins 30 secs

06 - Friendship

03 May 2021 | 40 mins 30 secs

07 - Prudence

02 May 2021 | 30 mins 20 secs

07 - Prudence

02 May 2021 | 30 mins 20 secs

08 - Heroism

01 May 2021 | 30 mins 01 sec

08 - Heroism

01 May 2021 | 30 mins 01 sec

09 - The Over-Soul

30 Apr 2021 | 46 mins 37 secs

09 - The Over-Soul

30 Apr 2021 | 46 mins 37 secs

10 - Circles

29 Apr 2021 | 33 mins 19 secs

10 - Circles

29 Apr 2021 | 33 mins 19 secs

11 - Intellect

28 Apr 2021 | 34 mins 20 secs

11 - Intellect

28 Apr 2021 | 34 mins 20 secs

12 - Art

27 Apr 2021 | 31 mins 40 secs

12 - Art

27 Apr 2021 | 31 mins 40 secs

01 - History

02 Jan 2021 | 55 mins 19 secs

01 - History

02 Jan 2021 | 55 mins 19 secs

02 - Self-Reliance

01 Jan 2021 | 07 mins 56 secs

02 - Self-Reliance

01 Jan 2021 | 07 mins 56 secs

03 - Compensation

31 Dec 2020 | 51 mins 46 secs

03 - Compensation

31 Dec 2020 | 51 mins 46 secs