1838-1843. ÆT. 35-40.
§ 1. Divinity School Address. -- Correspondence. -- Lectures on Human Life. -- Letters to James Freeman Clarke. -- Dartmouth College Address: Literary Ethics. -- Waterville College Address: The Method of Nature. -- Other Addresses: Man the Reformer. -- Lecture on the Times. -- The Conservative. -- The Transcendentalist. - Boston "Transcendentalism." -- "The Dial." -- Brook Farm.
§ 2. First Series of Essays published. -- Contents: History, Self-Reliance, Compensation, Spiritual Laws, Love, Friendship, Prudence, Heroism, The Oversoul, Circles, Intellect, Art. -- Emerson's Account of his Mode of Life in a Letter to Carlyle. -- Death of Emerson's Son. -- Threnody.
§ 1. ON Sunday evening, July 15, 1838, Emerson delivered an Address before the Senior Class in Divinity College, Cambridge, which caused a profound sensation in religious circles, and led to a controversy, in which Emerson had little more than the part of Patroclus when the Greeks and Trojans fought over his body. In its simplest and broadest statement this discourse was a plea for the individual consciousness as against all historical creeds, bibles, churches; for the soul as the supreme judge in spiritual matters.
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