Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Leading American Transcendentalist


Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25, 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts, and died April 27, 1882 in Concord, Massachusetts. Some of his most well-known works include Nature, "Self-Reliance", and "The American Scholar."

Historical Background

Emerson entered Harvard University at the age of 14, then at 16 found he would be better suited at the Harvard Divinity School, went through the program and was ordained a preacher. Emerson preached at the Second Unitarian Church in Boston.

Historical Importance

In his time as a philosopher, Emerson had several influential views such as his opinion that material possessions were unnecessary and we should "go back to nature."
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Emerson, Ralph Waldo

A Biography of Emerson

This is a biography of Emerson that is rather lengthy compared to this, but it is where I got the majority of my information and I hope you find it useful.

Works Cited

Phillips, Roxanne. Feb. 2016. Lecture.

Research and page done by Michael Kornhoff