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The Living Legacy of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Recommended Reading

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A Brief and Selected List

Andrews, Barry M. Emerson as Spiritual Guide. Skinner House Books, 2003.

Andrew, Barry M. A Dream Too Wild. Skinner House Books, 2003.

Myerson, Joel, ed., A Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Oxford University Press, 2000.

Richardson, Robert D., Jr. Emerson: The Mind On Fire. University of California Press, 1995.

Robinson, David, The Spiritual Emerson. Beacon Press, 2003.

Sites to Vistit

We encourage you to walk in Emerson’s footsteps in Boston, Cambridge, and Concord. Many of the sites associated with his life no longer exist, but much of the architecture and natural beauty of Boston’s Beacon Hill and Common neighborhood have been well preserved. In Cambridge, Harvard Square is a delight to experience and teh chapel in Divinity Hall, where Emerson gave his famous address, is open to the public. The two places where Emerson lived in Concord (the “Old Manse” and “Bush,” or “Emerson House”) are both open to the public from April through October. Walden Pond is open year-round, and it is well worth the walk out to the site of Thoreau’s cabin. Concord Free Public Library, which is also open year-round, owns a wonderful statue of Emerson as well as an extensive collection of his books, manuscripts, and family photographs. The Concord Museum contains a replica of Emerson’s study and books from his personal library. Finally, Emerson is buried in Concord’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on “Author’s Ridge.”