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Representative Men Seven Lectures
Representative Men Seven Lectures
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  • ISBN-13: 9780812970050
  • ISBN: 0812970055
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

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Introduction by Brenda Wineapple In 1845 Ralph Waldo Emerson began a series of lectures and writings in which he limned six figures who embodied the principles and aspirations of a still-young American republic. Emerson offers timeless meditations on the value of individual greatness, reconnecting readers with the everyday virtues of his "Representative Men": Plato, in whose writings are contained "the culture of nations"; Emanuel Swedenborg, a "rich discoverer" who strove to unite the scientific and spiritual planes; Michel de Montaigne, "the frankest and honestest of all writers"; William Shakespeare, who "wrote the text of modern life"; Napoleon Bonaparte, who had the "virtues and vices" of common men writ large; and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who "in conversation, in calamity...finds new materials." This Modern Library Paperback Classic reflects the author's corrections for an 1876 reprinting.Emerson, Ralph Waldo is the author of 'Representative Men Seven Lectures' with ISBN 9780812970050 and ISBN 0812970055.

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