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  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikipedia

    Signature. Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), [7] who went by his middle name Waldo, [8] was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist, and poet, who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and critical thinking, as well as a prescient critic of ...

  3. Ralph Waldo Emerson | Biography, Poems, Books, Nature, Self ...

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, (born May 25, 1803, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.—died April 27, 1882, Concord, Massachusetts), American lecturer, poet, and essayist, the leading exponent of New England Transcendentalism. Early life and works Ralph Waldo Emerson Emerson was the son of the Reverend William Emerson, a Unitarian clergyman and friend of the arts.

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson: Biography, American Poet, Philosopher

    Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American Transcendentalist poet, philosopher and essayist during the 19th century. One of his best-known essays is "Self-Reliance.” Updated: Aug 9, 2023

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson | Poetry Foundation

    Ralph Waldo Emerson—a New England preacher, essayist, lecturer, poet, and philosopher—was one of the most influential writers and thinkers of the 19th century in the United States. Emerson was also the first major American literary and intellectual figure to widely explore, write seriously about,….

  6. Biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Essayist - ThoughtCo

    Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803- April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, poet, and philosopher. Emerson is known as one of the leaders of the transcendentalist movement, which reached its height in mid-19th century New England.

  7. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803—1882) In his lifetime, Ralph Waldo Emerson became the most widely known man of letters in America, establishing himself as a prolific poet, essayist, popular lecturer, and an advocate of social reforms who was nevertheless suspicious of reform and reformers.

  8. Ralph Waldo Emerson Biography - CliffsNotes

    Ralph Waldo Emerson Biography. Life and Background. Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25, 1803, to the Reverend William and Ruth Haskins Emerson. His father, pastor of the First Unitarian Church of Boston, chaplain of the Massachusetts Senate, and an editor of Monthly Anthology, a literary review, once described two-year-old son Waldo as "a ...