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On April 27, 1882, the influential essayist, lecturer, and social reformer Ralph Waldo Emerson passed away. Nicknamed “the Concord Sage,” Emerson was a founding member of the Transcendentalism Movement and championed the free individual in a turbulent society. His masterful essay Nature and other essential writings are collected in The Spiritual Emerson.As a public intellectual in the mid-19th century, Emerson wrote numerous political essays and his best were collected in The Political Emerson.

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