Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Sage of Concord and the central intellectual figure of the American Renaissance, Ralph Waldo Emerson--as preacher, philosopher, and poet--embodied the finest spirit and highest ideals of his age. Emerson was a thinker of bold originality, and his essays and lectures offer models of clarity, style, and thought; this made him a formidable presence in 19th-century American life.

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Image: Ralph Waldo Emerson / L. Grozelier 1859 ; lith. by L. Grozelier Boston, Courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

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