Transcendentalist: The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau is an anthology of essays and literature by the two most prominent and recognizable American writers. Oft given credit for the Transcendentalist movement, Emerson and Thoreau's bodies of work are incomparable in content to virtually any author in American history. This selection includes their most prominent works including: Walden, Self-Reliance, The Conservative, Letters and Social Aims, Plea for John Brown, Representative Men, Man the Reformer, and many more historical pieces of American Literature.
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Great book; Lacks just one thing
I have read enough of this book now to give a review (it is a HUGE) collection. It is very large and thorough, with good organization. However, it lacks one thing, hence the four stars: this book does NOT tell you who wrote what. I had to research both authors to discover that this book places its Emerson selections first, then starts the Thoreau pieces with Walden.
If this book would have explained that, or simply placed the authors' names on their respective pieces I would have happily given this book five stars. I read a section at a time to digest it and find it a very complete resource.
For the record, everything prior to "Walden" was written by Emerson; "Walden" and the rest were written by Thoreau.