Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) settled in Concord, Massachusetts,
in 1834, where he began a career as a public lecturer. Every year
Emerson made a lecture tour, the source of most of his essays. His
principal publications include Nature (1836), two volumes of
Essays (1841, 1844), Poems (1847), Representative
Men (1850), The Conduct of Life (1860), and Society
and Solitude (1870).
Lawrence Rosenwald, editor, is Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature at Wellesley College and the author of Emerson and the Art of the Diary.
"In his journals, Emerson focused on a wide range of topics, from moral truth to domestic gossip, from Concord to European travels, from solitude to democracy, slavery, and the US economy. His frame of reference oscillates between nature and human character (of both historical figures and his contemporaries). Both history and autobiography, these volumes are captivating. Highly recommended." --Choice