5 Facts about Ralph Waldo Emerson

1) Emerson was a renowned American Essayist, Poet and Lecturer

2) Emerson was a prominent leader in the Transcendentalist movement of the 19th century, summarizing transcendentalism's beliefs and values in his 1836 essay entitled “Nature” which was more philosophical than naturalistic.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

3) Emerson was known as a champion of individualism, his 1837 speech “The American Scholar” has been considered by some scholars to be the “Intellectual Declaration of Independence”

4) Emerson gave more than 1,500 lectures in public throughout the United States

5) Emerson was a close friend and mentor of American philosopher and fellow transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau