Updated: Apr 9, 2022
Ralph Waldo Emerson, preacher, lecturer, poet, and essayist, is perhaps the most central figure of the American Renaissance. Emerson was born on May 25, 1803, in Boston, Massachusetts. He studied at Harvard and worked as a secular lecturer. In 1841 The Dial, American magazine was founded and served as a chief publication of the Transcendentalists. He married Ellen Tucker in 1829 and she died of tuberculosis in 1831. Later, he traveled to some places and met literary figures like William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Thomas Carlyle. He wrote many works including Self-Reliance, History, Fate, etc… and continued to write into the late 1870s. His theories of literature, politics, society, and self not only lie at the root of all subsequent American writing but continue both to challenge and encourage all those who read him today. He died of scarlet fever on 27th April 1882 in Massachusetts.