Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose original profession and calling was as a Unitarian minister, left the ministry to pursue a career in writing and public speaking. Emerson became one of America's best known and best loved 19th century figures.

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Text & Quotes of Emerson

Learn from one of the greatest writers and poets in America history. The most famous work, Ralf Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance can truly change your life for the better.

Other famous works are The American Scholar summary, and his collection of poems.

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Discussion on Emerson

From these pages, open discussions on Emerson, his work, his life, and how you can improve yours from this beloved author and poet.

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Lectures / Biographies

This section includes the lectures given by Emerson and also includes various biographies on his life and those close to Emerson. Sovereignty of Ethics and Mary Moody Emerson are included.

Early Emerson Poems

This section covers poems written early in Emerson’s career which some are not widely known. Fifty poems are available, including The Rhodora.

Uncollected Prose

This is a collection of writings, addresses, essays, and reviews by Emerson. Included are his famous works, The Last Supper.


The section does not cover the history and life of Emerson and his writings, but rather his work entitled “History.”

This site is dedicated to the memory of my late father, Emerson West, who was named after Ralph Waldo Emerson. The man I am today reflects the influence of my father and the life teachings of Emerson.