Emerson’s essay helped push me to pursue my boldest creative goal. But that wasn’t as clear when I started writing it, or when I blogged the story as a serial after countless publishers rejected it.
In 2014, I wanted to write a book of literary science fiction, called but shorter, futuristic, and based on my work on Google’s legal document review team. I wrote the book—despite my many doubts, and those of others—because I was heeding Emerson’s warning that I’d be scooped if I held off.
Emerson thought that “great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this.” They show why we must trust ourselves and ”learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across [the] mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages.”Many others have also celebrated Emerson as offering high-minded self-help for literary types.
Writing for in 2015, Dan Chiasson explains, “Emerson’s essays are like wonder handbooks …
As he writes, ”Else, tomorrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another.”Each person has reason to believe in their own ideas, he explains, because each of us is unique.
We each occupy a singular point in space and time, and our experiences can’t quite be replicated by anyone else.
After Shakespeare, it matches anything else in the language.” -Harold Bloom Here are Ralph Waldo Emerson’s classic essays, including the exhortation to “Self-Reliance,” the embattled realizations of “Circles” and “Experience,” and the groundbreaking achievement of “Nature.” Our most eloquent champion of individualism, Emerson acknowledges at the same time the countervailing pressures of society in American life.
Even as he extols what he calls “the great and crescive self,” he dramatizes and records its vicissitudes.
and then followed by his 1837 speech The American Scholar.
Interestingly, Nature, was first published anonymously."To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, that is genius." -- Self-Reliance Emerson's most influential writing was published in the 1840s in two collections; in 1844.