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Ralph Waldo Emerson
The celebrated essayist, thinker, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) taught school reluctantly after college and then became minister, but ultimately left the church and found his vocation as a lecturer and essayist. He was a one of the founders of Transcendentalism, a philosophy that bestowed its hope and expectations on the individual soul. His poetry inspired innumerable others, from Walt Whitman to Robert Frost. (In the Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)


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