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Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Selection from the Essays, the Poetry and the Journals

Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Selection from the Essays, the Poetry and the Journals

Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts–trained actor David Cort reads selected writings by transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson. The chosen selections capture Emerson’s views on beauty, love, poetry, art, his literary contemporaries, and more. In an essay in the liner notes, album producer Samuel Charters identifies Emerson’s concern with expression as a key element in all of his work. “He wrote extensively, his essays, travel sketches, and poetry filling numerous volumes, but his concern was almost entirely with expression, rather than art.” Emerson’s emphasis on the expression of ideas no matter the form of delivery is apparent in Charter’s selections. The liner notes include a biographical sketch of Emerson, a short essay by Charters, and a transcript of the recording.

Track Listing

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From the Essay "Beauty" David Cort 6:53
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The Poem "The Snowstorm" David Cort 1:59
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Is This Beauty to Perish? and the poem "Hamatreya" David Cort 8:08
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Each Age Must Write Its Own Books... David Cort 6:38
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From "Poetry and Imagination" David Cort 1:25
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The Nonconformist - Letters, and from the essay Self Reliance David Cort 9:34
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Ode - Inscribed to W.H. Channing David Cort 3:51
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Give All to Love - from the Poetry and the Journals David Cort 4:14
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Himself, American Art and Whitman, Thoreau, Hawthorne David Cort 9:26
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