Publisher description for The spiritual Emerson : essential writings / Ralph Waldo Emerson ; edited by David M. Robinson.
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The first collection of Emerson's spiritual writings, published for the 200th anniversary of the writer's birth
Matthew Arnold once described Ralph Waldo Emerson as "the friend and aider of all those who would live in the spirit." Arnold's comment captured the impact that Emerson had as a teacher of a new form of spirituality in the
nineteenth century. Emerson proposed a new religious vision that made the spiritual life freshly accessible to people.
In our current era, Emerson continues to speak with a compelling voice. Known best in the twenty-first century as a literary innovator and early architect of American intellectual culture, Emerson's writings still offer spiritual sustenance to the thoughtful reader. The Spiritual Emerson brings together the essays and lectures that best articulate Emerson's spiritual
vision, and promise the greatest relevance to today's reader. Compiled and introduced by David M. Robinson, one of the leading authorities on Emerson, The Spiritual Emerson will be both a portrait of Emerson as a spiritual
teacher and a sourcebook for all those who find his ideas and convictions useful in their own efforts to live in the spirit.
David M. Robinson is a leading authority on Emerson and the New England transcendentalist movement. He is the author of numerous books, including Emerson and the Conduct of Life, The Unitarians and the Universalists, and
Apostle of Culture: Emerson as Preacher and Lecturer. He is Oregon Professor of English and head of the American studies program at Oregon
State University, in Corvallis.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Spiritual life Literary collections