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Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays, Lectures, Poems, and Journals
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This Library of America edition of of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essays, lectures, poems, translations, and selected journals includes the following four books:

Collected Poems and Translations | 637 pages
Poems • May-Day and Other Pieces • Selected Poems • Manuscript Poems and Translations, including Dante’s Vita Nuova

Essays and Lectures | 1,150 pages
Nature, with other addresses and lectures • The Complete First and Second Series of Essays, including “Self-Reliance” and “Experience” • Representative Men (Plato, Shakespeare, Napoleon) • English Traits • The Conduct of Life

Selected Journals 1820-1842 | 910 pages
Covers the emergence of Transcendentalism, the furor over Emerson’s “Divinity School Address,” the founding of The Dial; experiments in communal living at Fruitlands and Brook Farm, and intimate sketches of Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, Thomas Carlyle, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and others.

Selected Journals 1841-1877 | 1,020 pages
The present volume opens with Emerson at the height of his powers, soon to write his celebrated essays “Experience” and “Self-Reliance” and records his anger at the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, his antislavery activism, and his day-to-day experience of the Civil War.

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Four Centuries of American Poetry
Treasury of American Nature Writing

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