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Author Study: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Transcendentalism

These sites are about the writer/thinker Ralph Waldo Emerson, his work, and his connection to the American literary and philosophical movement known as transcendentalism. Includes encyclopedia entries, biographies, lesson plans, discussion ideas, a quiz, eBook downloads, and links to videos, as well as his complete works. Also includes a link to the eThemes Resource about Henry David Thoreau.


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Learn about Emerson's life, works, and legacy, as well as find suggestions for further reading on this peer-reviewed resource.
This site offers a critical biography and analysis of Emerson's poetry. Read 17 of Emerson's poems and a portion of an essay by clicking on "Poems, Articles, and More."
Read, print, email, or send the complete works of Ralph Waldo Emerson to your Kindle device. NOTE: The site includes ads. Also, downloading articles from this site to a Kindle device may incur fees to one's Kindle account.
Download and read "Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson onto your computer or eReading device. Formats include HTML, EPUB, Kindle, and others.
Quiz students on their engagement with transcendentalist literature with this short answer exercise on Emerson's "Nature" which can be taken online and sent directly to the instructor's email account.
Download and read this eBook which contains some of Emerson's most famous essays on a variety of topics including: self-reliance, friendship, love, and art. Available formats include: HTML, Kindle, EPUB, and more.
Read Emerson's essay "Self Reliance" and learn about the benefits of independence and individualism in the face of the conformity of the modern world. NOTE: There is a dead link to a site from which this lesson was derived which is provided here:
Consider these questions as you read Emerson's essay "Self-Reliance." This site contains links to a highlighted copy of the essay, an introductory lecture, and discussions by students on the work.
Learn about the American philosophy of Transcendentalism and its adherents, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and others. Includes external links to similar websites. NOTE: This site includes ads and leads to a message board if the "Share Your Thoughts" link is clicked.
This lesson plan includes everything needed to teach Transcendentalism through the lens of popular culture to high school students. Includes eight lessons with handout and discussion ideas. NOTE: This site includes ads and links to a discussion board.
Read about the connections between Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. Watch videos on transcendentalism and the two writers by clicking on either of the two links in the "Watch the Video" box. Includes links to external sites about both authors. NOTE: This site contains links that lead to discussion boards.
These sites are about the writer Henry David Thoreau and his work. Includes biographies, lesson plans, annotated texts, eBooks, and links to videos. Special emphasis is given to his two most popular works: Walden and the essay, Civil Disobedience. Includes a link to the eThemes Resource about Ralph Waldo Emerson and Transcendentalism.

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