Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson was a main practitioner of New England Transcendentalism. His 96-page book "Nature" helped initiate Transcendentalism.
In it he answered the questions to his spiritual doubts. His later writings were, in a sense, annexes of "Nature."
In his lecture "The American Scholar" he explained what he believed were the duties of a liberated intellectual. It was in essence a lecture against Harvard intelligentsia, although Emerson himself was a Harvard graduate.
-- Encyclopedia of Literature
Pub Date: 01/17/99