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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson

Profession: Lecturer and Poet

United States of America

Biography: As leader of the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, he was a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society. He remains among the linchpins of the American romantic movement.

Born: May 25, 1803
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: April 27, 1882 (aged 78)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Married Life

  • 1835-09-14 American leading transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson (33) marries 2nd wife Lydia (Lidian) Jackson in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Historical Events

  • 1836-09-09 Ralph Waldo Emerson publishes his influential essay "Nature" in the US, outlining his beliefs in transcendentalism
  • 1837-08-31 Ralph Waldo Emerson gives his famous "The American Scholar" speech to Phi Beta Kappa Society at Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, declares American literary independence from Europe
  • 1862-02-01 Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles Sumner meet with President Abraham Lincoln at The White House, Washington

Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character."

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