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Representative Men: Seven Lectures

Authors: Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Series: Modern Library Classics
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: HIS036040, HIS054000, HIS030000
ISBN: 9780307431691, Related ISBNs: 030743169X, 0812970055, 9780307431691, 9780812970050
Classification: Non-Fiction
Number of pages: 192,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: 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.

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