He became increasingly disillusioned with the ministry over the next several years and he resigned from his position at the church. After returning to America, Emerson began to express his changing ideas in written essays.His essay “Nature,” published in 1836, was noteworthy.
The newly occupied territory of America was seen almost like a new Eden, where the American could start the kingdom of man again, living in a state of grace without the previous corrupt authority of church or state.
Emerson became this movement's chief prophet, especially with his wonderful gift for aphorisms and quips.
His happiness was short-lived, however, as his young wife died less than two years later. As his wife was from a wealthy family, Emerson received an inheritance which helped sustain him for the rest of his life.
The death of his wife and his plunge into misery led Emerson to have severe doubts about his religious beliefs.
Because Emerson is so closely linked to the Transcendentalists, it is often believed that he was the founder of Transcendentalism.
He was not, as other New England thinkers and writers actually came together, calling themselves Transcendentalists, in the years before he published “Nature.” Yet Emerson’s prominence, and his growing public profile, made him the most famous of the Transcendentalist writers. Printed At The Bremer Press With Color Initials By Anna Simons; A Total Of 530 Copies Were Printed, Numbers I-Ccl Were For Random House, Numbers 131-280 For The Buch-Bund, Hamburg, Numbers 1-130 For The Subscribers Of The Bremer Press. Miscellanies The Text, With A Preface By Thomas Carlyle, Contains Emersons Twelve Humanist Studies Simply Entitled History, Self-Reliance, Compensation, Spiritual Laws, Love, Friendship, Prudence, Heroism, The Over-Souls, Circles, Intellect, And Art; Total 325 Copies; 25 Copies On Vellum.He became the junior pastor at a noted Boston institution, Second Church.Emerson’s personal life appeared promising, as he fell in love and married Ellen Tucker in 1829.The first edition was published anonymously, for fear of religious persecution - and it remains as controversial now as it was then. A fine copy of this first edition can cost as much as several thousand US dollars, whilst even a not-mind copy would cost somewhere in the region of two thousand US dollars. Emerson moved in important circles, learning his untraditional faith from John Stuart Mill and Thomas Carlyle, as well as being friends with Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Walt Whitman. It was his on and off friendship with Henry David Thoreau however, the abolitionist who actually lived the transcendentalist's beliefs, that Emerson is most often remembered. The Transcendentalist: Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson is considered by some to be a crackpot, and by others to be a near genius - somewhere in the middle, I am sure his true importance lies. He was an early American philosopher, thinker, and teacher, who wrote lectures, commentaries and poems throughout his life.