CNN Interactive Home
Navigation

 
COMMUNITY 
Message Boards 
Chat 
Feedback 

SITE SOURCES 
Contents 
Help! 
Search 
CNN Networks 

SPECIALS 
Quick News 
Almanac 
Video Vault 
News Quiz 

CNN AudioSelect CNN em portugues CNN en espanol CNNfn - the financial network AllPolitics.com CNN/SI Sports CNN Interactive Special Reports Environmental News Health News Books Crossword Puzzle Books Bestsellers Books First Chapters Books Reviews Books Dialogue Books News Books Main Page Showbiz News Style TravelGuide AllPolitics.com Science & Technology News CNNfn Business News CNN/SI Sports Weather Local Link US News World News Custom News

Infoseek/Big Yellow


Pathfinder/Warner Bros


Barnes and Noble



Books News

rule


Emreson

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Father of American Transcendentalism

Web posted on: Monday, May 25, 1998 3:36:40 PM EDT

(CNN) -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of America's foremost authors and thinkers, was born on May 25, 1803 in Boston.

After settling in Concord, Emerson formed a circle of friends that included writers Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne and A.B. Alcott. With Emerson's influence, Concorde became a center of the philosophy of Transcendentalism.

His first published work, "Nature" (1839), contained seeds of his developing belief in man's unity with the natural surroundings.

Emerson's often quoted essay, "Self Reliance" (1841), offered man the reality of becoming unattached to convention: "The virtue in most requests is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs."

Emerson died in 1882 in Boston.


rule

Related site:

Note: Pages will open in a new browser window

External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.


Infoseek search  


Message Boards Sound off on our
message boards & chat


rule

To Top

© 1998 Cable News Network, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.