Ralph Waldo Emerson

Born on May 25, came from a long line of
merchants on his mother’s side and preachers on his father’s side. It is
possibly this unique conglomeration of life experiences that lead Emerson
to be possibly one of the greatest and most influential essayists and
thinkers of all time. Emerson was taught at a very young age not to be
dependent on others (a corner stone in his transcendental beliefs) but
rather to believe in himself. His grandfather once said, “I pray every
night that none of my descendants might ever be rich.” As a boy, Emerson
was serious and some what withdrawn from the world of play. He did not
interact with other children with the exception of his three brothers who
were all ...

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a text book says.
After several independent private schools and college prepatory schools,
Emerson entered Harvard. Emerson later says of Harvard, “ It has done
little for me on the whole.” If this is true at least Harvard is where he
says his, “...mind commenced its characteristic and beautiful activity.”
Over the years Emerson became interested in the church and eventually
enrolled in divinity school. In 1829 Emerson married seventeen year old
Ellen Tucker, however seven months later, she died of “consumption.” With
Ellen’s death, Emerson’s and most tender and loving relationship was lost.
It is possible that this tragedy was a mitigating factor in Emerson’s
satirical summation of humanity. A year later with the words, “I have
sometimes thought that in order to be a good minister it is necessary to
leave the ministry.” Emerson broke ties with the church. After removing
himself from the church Ralph Waldo Emerson traveled to Europe. While
there he studied great authors such as ...

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