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Who was Ralph Waldo Emerson?
A: Ralph Waldo Emerson who went by his middle name Waldo, was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist, and poet.

He led what movement of the mid-19th century?
A: The transcendentalist.

He was seen as a champion of what?
A: Individualism.

He was a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and his ideology was disseminated through dozens of what?
A: Published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating, and expressing what?
A: The philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay "Nature".

Following this work, he gave a speech entitled what?
A:  "The American Scholar" in 1837.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. considered the speech to be what?
A: America's "intellectual Declaration of Independence."

Emerson wrote most of his important essays as what?
A: As lectures first and then revised them for print.

His first two collections of essays, Essays: First Series (1841) and Essays: Second Series (1844), represent what?
A: The core of his thinking.

They include what well-known essays?
A: "Self-Reliance", "The Over-Soul", "Circles", "The Poet", and "Experience."

Together with "Nature", these essays made the decade from the mid-1830s to the mid-1840s Emerson's what?
A: His most fertile period.

Emerson wrote on a number of subjects, never espousing fixed philosophical tenets, but developing certain ideas such as what?
A: Individuality, freedom, the ability for mankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world.

Emerson's "nature" was more philosophical than what?
A: Naturalistic: "Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul."

Emerson is one of several figures who "took a more pantheist or pandeist approach by rejecting views of what?
A: God as separate from the world."


Emerson is also well known as a mentor and friend of whom?
A: Henry David Thoreau, a fellow transcendentalist.

Where was Emerson born?
A: In Newbury, Massachusetts.

When was he born?
A: On May 25, 1803.

Who were his parents?
A:  Ruth Haskins and the Rev. William Emerson, a Unitarian minister.

He was named after whom?
A: His mother's brother Ralph and his father's great-grandmother Rebecca Waldo.

Ralph Waldo was the second of five sons who survived into adulthood; who were the others?
A: William, Edward, Robert Bulkeley, and Charles.

What three other children died in childhood?
A: Phoebe, John Clarke, and Mary Caroline.

Emerson was entirely of what ancestry?
A: English.

Emerson's father died from stomach cancer on May 12, 1811, less than two weeks before what?
A: Emerson's eighth birthday.

Emerson was raised by his mother, with the help of whom?
A: The other women in the family.

His aunt Mary Moody Emerson in particular had what?
A: A profound effect on him.

She lived with the family off and on and maintained what?
A: A constant correspondence with Emerson until her death in 1863.

Where did Emerson's formal schooling begin?
A: At the Boston Latin School in 1812, when he was nine.

In October 1817, at age 14, Emerson went to Harvard College and was appointed what?
A: Freshman messenger for the president, requiring Emerson to fetch delinquent students and send messages to faculty.

By his senior year, Emerson decided to do what?
A: Go by his middle name, Waldo.

Emerson served as Class Poet; as was custom, he presented an original poem on what?
A: Harvard's Class Day, a month before his official graduation on August 29, 1821, when he was 18.


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