EMERSON. -- A RETROSPECT.
Personality and Habits of Life. -- His Commission and Errand. -- As a lecturer. -- His Use of Authorities. -- Resemblance to Other Writers. -- As influenced by Others. -- His Place as a Thinker. -- Idealism and Intuition. -- Mysticism. -- His Attitude respecting Science. -- As an American. -- His Fondness for Solitary Study. -- His Patience and Amiability. -- Feeling with which he was regarded. -- Emerson and Burns. -- His Religious Belief. -- His Relations with Clergymen. -- Future of his Reputation. -- His Life judged by the Ideal Standard.
EMERSON'S earthly existence was in the estimate of his own philosophy so slight an occurrence in his career of being that his relations to the accidents of time and space seem quite secondary matters to one who has been long living in the companionship of his thought. Still, he had to be born, to take in his share of the atmosphere in which we are all immersed, to have dealings with the world of phenomena, and at length to let them all "soar and sing" as he left his earthly half-way house. It is natural and pardonable that we should like to know the details of the daily life which the men whom we
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Publication information: Book title: Ralph Waldo Emerson. Contributors: Oliver Wendell Holmes - Author. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1885. Page number: 357.
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