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By: Ralph Waldo Emerson

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- nicolas_jones

I love nature, I enjoy the perspectives and writing of the past, which is far different than modern writing, so this book is a winner for me, right up my alley. If you like early American writing, mid 1800s, the way they phrased things and wrote, and if you love an introspective exploration of the philosophy of life and living from a natural perspective, this work is for you.

This is a thinkers book. If you want to dive into the depths of the eclectic philosophies, thoughts, ideas and concepts of an early American thinker, you will enjoy this book. If you think evaluation, analysis and long explanations of multiple aspects of life and society are dry and tiring, then this book is not for you.

- leilani_lewis

I read this work building my sense of influences shaping Thoreau's literary attitude and philosophy. That limited goal was met. However,any student of John Muir,Sigurd Olson, Sarah Stein or Thoreau himself has read better literature. I found his writing to dwell on the self evident and clearly on the preaching side. Nonetheless I think it is worth a read if one wants to place this work in its historical niche in American literature. On the bright side it is mercifully short. Cactus Ken

- paul_harris

Ralph Waldo Emerson is a complete genius. He's the type of person that only comes along once, maybe, every generation, if even that. I've always considered Emerson to be the greatest genius of the 19h century. I give the 20th century to William S. Burroughs. Emerson's writings are so brilliant that there's no point to even dogear his pages. Every sentence deserves to be dogeared if it were possible. When reading Emerson it is like being clobbered over the head with the brilliance of each sentence. it's nonstop. His brilliance pours from every sentence. I have a book of his collected essays that literally has half (maybe even more) of the sentences underlined or highlighted. Emerson was so far ahead of his time that we're still not even caught up to him and his perceptions even 130 years since his death.

- matias_scott

My first Emerson read since my school days. Nature is Emerson's first book (1836) and a somewhat harsh review at the time coined the term
'Transcendentalist' ... which later became what Emerson's philosophy was called.

In 'Nature' Emerson equates Nature with man's quest for spiritual oneness. God.

I admit the language (poetry) of the early 1800s when it was written is difficult to grasp and needs to be read slowly. I've decided to re-read this short essay in another year (or so) with the belief that it's depth of meaning will reveal itself one layer at a time.

Thank you Amazon for providing these classics in digital form at no cost.

- aniya_young

In his book, Emerson explains how we can find awe and delight in the natural world when we don't lose sight of our inner child. He writes, "The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common."

Emerson's book was so popular that it started a cultural movement in America in which people celebrated America's inspiring beauty through the painting of landscapes. Artist colonies were formed. Artists shared the belief that the landscape was God's expression on earth and that spending time in the outdoors drew the individual closer to God.

- raquel_richardson

This book has misprinted pages, complete lines taken out. I noticed too late and not able to return. would be nice if seller could help me resolve this.


- carolyn_green

To be read over and over again... answers to all...
To be advised to whoever feels weak..
To recharge your eyes with Nature's beauty and, upon reading the last page feel the need of sharing quality time with those you love...

- maddison_cruz

This is atrocious! I read a single page of it (having made the mistake of buying it on spec) and have immediately had to go back to the kindle store and buy a "proper" version, with a different cover. I'll give one example: on the very first paragraph of the text , after the introduction, Emerson refers to "stars". In the version I bought this word appears as "celebs". I am not joking. It's as if the text was written by an AI from a foreign language translation and drawing its vocabulary from the text messages of a drunken twelve year old. Lesson learned.

- ian_ramos

This free edition is a great help but does not include notes or critical introduction. It is nicely formatted but, for some reason, to find the contents page you need to go to the beginning and turn the pages - it doesn't come up on the Kindle menu.

From the point of view of a modern reader, I find the text itself effusive, very wordy and only occasionally interesting. Emerson's basic enthusiasm for life, the universe and everything gives it a certain energy but, for me, this is negated by the obsessive rapturousness of his style. I think this quote conveys the overall tone:

Standing on the bare ground, - my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, - all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.

- willow_watson

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