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Emerson's Representative Men
Compiled by Richard Seltzer
Emerson's Representative Men
Compiled and Indexed by Richard Seltzer
B&R Samizdat Express - March 19, 2005
Genre: History, Literature
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - April 14, 2005
Please note: As of 9/16/2007, this CD now contains 206 books.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was a famed American writer, poet, lecturer, and philosopher who began his career as a Unitarian minister. Emerson was also a leading transcendentalist and advocate of transcendentalism. The main focus of this collection is Emerson's Representative Men, which consists of seven essays, of which six are biographical lectures on Plato, Swedenborg, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Napoleon, and Goethe. Emerson held that these six men embodied the spirit and principles that were representative of the American Republic and all that it stood for. In this one-volume CD collection, Richard Seltzer has compiled more than two-hundred books by Emerson and the six men he focused on in his book, Representative Men.
The following is a brief sample of the various works that you will find in this collection.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Representative Men
- The Correspondence of Thomas Carlyle and Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Essays, First Series
- Ralph Waldo Emerson by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Michel de Montaigne
- Plato and Platonism by Walter Pater
- 10 Volume collection of Essays by Michel de Montaigne
- Shakespeare's Plays, including Romeo and Juliet and Othello
- Plays attributed, in part, to Shakespeare
- Shakespeare in German translation
- The Age of Shakespeare by Algernon Swinburne
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Spiritual Life and the Word of God
- Life of Emanuel Swedenborg, by William White
- De Leiden des Jungen Werther (The Sorrows of Young Werther), in English and German
- Hermann and Dorothea, in English and German
- Italienische Reise, in German
- Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, 8 Volumes, in German
The texts on Napoleon found in this collection, are also found on Seltzer's, Napoleon Bonaparte CD, which is part of his World Leaders' series.
The books found in the Emerson's Representative Men CD collection are essential reading, and many are titles that are found on high school and college reading lists. Emerson's philosophical ideals and his essays influenced numerous American writers, such as Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and Margaret Fuller. He also encouraged American writers to strive to develop a uniquely American style of writing. Studying Emerson's writing, and those of his 'representative men' will broaden your understanding and appreciation of Western Literature and the impact that Emerson had on the American literary movement of his time.
- Life of Napoleon I by John Holland Rose
- Napoleon Bonaparte by John Abbott
- Memoirs of Court of St. Cloud by Stewarton
- After Waterloo: Reminiscences of European Travel 1815-1819 by Major W.E. Frye
This CD is designed for use with a Windows based PC. You will also need to have a web browser (such as Internet Explorer or Netscape) and/or a Windows based word-processing program such as Microsoft Word, or Corel's Word Perfect, in order to read the text. Once you open a book file, you can change the font size and format to suit your individual visual needs. As well, all the books in this collection are presented in plain text (ASCII) format. This format makes the texts easily accessible for visually impaired readers using most screen reading (text-to-speech) or computer magnification programs.
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