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Facts of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Full Name: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Age: 220 years 6 months
Birth Date: May 25,1803
Horoscope: Gemini
Lucky Number: 10
Lucky Stone: Agate
Lucky Color: Yellow
Best Match for Marriage: Leo, Aquarius, Libra
Death Date: April 27,1882
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Father's Name: William Emerson (minister)
Mother's Name: Ruth Haskins
Marital Status: Not Known
Gender: male
Profession: `essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet
Education: Boston Latin School, Harvard College, Harvard Divinity School
Nationality: American
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
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Quotes: It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
What your heart thinks is great, is great. The soul's emphasis is always right.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in
forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day
begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson is an essayist, lecturer, philosopher, as well as a poet. He had also led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.

Ralph Waldo Emerson formative years

Ralph was born on 25 May 1803 in Boston, MA. His parents were Ruth Haskins and Rev. William Emerson who was a Unitarian minister. He was the second of five of their surviving sons. They were William, Edward, Robert Bulkeley, and Charles.

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The children who had died were Phebe, John Clarke, and Mary Caroline. He has pure English descent. Just before his 8th birthday, his father died of stomach cancer. His mother and aunt raise the kids.

He was enrolled at Boston Latin School when he was 9 years old. At the age of 14, he attended Harvard Colege and used to serve the then-President of sending messages of delinquents to the faculty. To cover his school fees, Ralph did odd jobs including that of a waiter and teacher. He was also the class poet.

Ralph Waldo Emerson early career

Due to poor health, Ralph went in search of a warmer climate and reached St. Augustine, Florida where he restarted writing poetry. He became friends with Napolean Bonaparte’s nephew, Prince Achille Murat.

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He saw slavery in St. Augustine and also enjoyed long discussions with Prince on various topics.

He started a school at his mother’s house and became its schoolmaster. He then became a junior pastor at the Boston Church and got busy with other activities as well. In 1833, he toured Europe and wrote of this travel in English traits in 1856. He met several eminent writers during this time.

Ralph Waldo Emerson real literary career

Ralph in 1836 got like-minded individuals and formed the Transcendental Club. He published his first essay Nature in the same year. He gained fame and was also invited to various talks and orations. He soon entered into a career as a lecturer on various topics of importance.

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His views on Jesus Christ and Christianity outraged many and he was dubbed an atheist.

He published his second book Essays in 1841. It got favorable reviews in London and Paris. He continued writing poems. In 1844, he published Essays: Second Series. He earned through his books as well as lectures and used to have as many as 80 lectures a year.
In 1847-1848, he toured the British Isles and observed the French Revolution of 1848.

Ralph Waldo Emerson personal life

Ralph met his first wife Ellen Tucker in 1827 in Concord, New Hampshire, and married her when she turned 18. However, she died in 1831 due to TB. He proposed and married Lydia Jackson in 1835. He purchased a house in Concord and the family resided there. He had 4 children-Waldo, Ellen, Edith, and Edward Waldo Emerson.

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The final years and death

Ralph started getting unwell in 1867 and his writings minimized. In 1871-72, he faced memory loss issues. He used to forget his name at times. If someone asked him how he was, he would respond:
“Quite well; I have lost my mental faculties, but am perfectly well”

His house got fire and the family sought shelter with some friends. He toured with his daughter Ellen and also in 1874 published his collection of poetry. He decreased his public appearances since he was embarrassed due to his memory loss. He died of pneumonia on 21 April 1882.

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