By Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, U.S. Give all to love;Obey thy heart;Friends, kindred, days,Estate, good-fame,Plans, credit and the Muse,—Nothing refuse. ’T is a brave master;Let […]
Ralph Waldo Emerson—a New England preacher, essayist, lecturer, poet, and philosopher—was one of the most influential writers and thinkers of the 19th century in the United States. Emerson was also the first major American literary and intellectual figure to widely explore, write seriously about, and seek to broaden the domestic audience for classical Asian and Middle Eastern works. He not only gave countless readers their first exposure to non-Western modes of thinking, metaphysical concepts, and sacred mythologies; he also shaped the way subsequent generations of American writers and thinkers approached the vast cultural resources of Asia and the Middle East.