Who is Ralph Waldo Emerson?

Who is Ralph Waldo Emerson?

June 26, 2021 Off By Felso

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American thinker and writer. He is the most important representative of American transcendentalism.

He was born in Boston in 1803. His father and grandfather were Protestant pastors. He graduated from Harvard University in 1826. Emerson became a pastor like his father and assumed the priesthood of a Unitarian church in 1829, the same year he married Ellen Louisa Tucker. His wife died in 1831. He left the priesthood in 1832 due to a spiritual crisis. The death of his wife and brothers played a large part in this decision. Convinced that formal religion had lost its validity, Emerson set out on his first trip to England in 1832-33. He got to know Wordsworth, Landor, Coleridge, John Stuart Mill, and Carlyle. He would later see himself as their follower.

Emerson, who gave himself to tours and conferences when he returned to Boston, had the opportunity to get to know the whole country closely. In 1835 he bought a house in Concord Massachusetts and married his second wife, Lydia Jackson. At Concord, he befriended Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. His earlier sermons were replaced by lectures. Over time, his fame surpassed the USA and spread to Europe. Nietzsche said, “I find myself so close to Emerson that I hesitate to praise him because I am afraid to pretend to be praising myself.” Emerson, who lived in the town of Concord, Massachusetts, except for a few trips, died on April 27, 1882.