Detail from a manuscript page by John Banville.
Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
*This is one of the many required reads for this semester. These types of reviews will consist more of what we discussed in class than my thoughts on the work.
We read several of Emerson’s essays in class, but I most enjoyed “Self-Reliance”. The essay has three major divisions: the importance of self-reliance, self-reliance and the individual, and self-reliance and society. As a whole, it promotes self-reliance as an ideal, even a virtue, and contrasts it with various modes of dependence or conformity. I suppose that’s why I enjoyed it. Emerson has always been one of my favorite writers, but I been able to read “Self-Reliance” before now.
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self Reliance
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study.