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Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803 - 1882

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), who went by his middle name Waldo, was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and his ideology was disseminated through dozens of 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 the philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay "Nature". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ralph Waldo Emerson has received more than 7,314,458 page views. His biography is available in 83 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 80 in 2019). Ralph Waldo Emerson is the 230th most popular writer (down from 207th in 2019), the 201st most popular biography from United States (down from 176th in 2019) and the 21st most popular American Writer.

Ralph Waldo Emerson is most famous for his essay "Self-Reliance," which was published in 1841. The essay is a call for individualism and self-reliance, and is one of the most influential essays in American literature.

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Among writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson ranks 230 out of 5,755Before him are Peter Drucker, Johanna Spyri, Nikos Kazantzakis, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Maurice Leblanc, and Al-Masudi. After him are Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Lu Xun, Mary Wollstonecraft, Anna Wintour, François de La Rochefoucauld, and Anna Akhmatova.

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Among people born in 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson ranks 3Before him are Hector Berlioz and Christian Doppler. After him are Justus von Liebig, Prosper Mérimée, Adolphe Adam, Maria Anna of Savoy, Gottfried Semper, Fyodor Tyutchev, Albrecht von Roon, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, and Flora Tristan. Among people deceased in 1882, Ralph Waldo Emerson ranks 4Before him are Charles Darwin, Giuseppe Garibaldi, and Friedrich Wöhler. After him are Jesse James, Arthur de Gobineau, Theodor Schwann, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Bruno Bauer, Louis Blanc, Francesco Hayez, and William Stanley Jevons.

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Among people born in United States, Ralph Waldo Emerson ranks 201 out of 18,182Before him are George Lucas (1944), Alec Baldwin (1958), Samuel P. Huntington (1927), Gene Cernan (1934), Ben Affleck (1972), and B. F. Skinner (1904). After him are Barry White (1944), Henry Fonda (1905), David Rockefeller (1915), Christopher Reeve (1952), Edward Thorndike (1874), and Jesse Owens (1913).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Ralph Waldo Emerson ranks 21Before him are Dale Carnegie (1888), John Steinbeck (1902), Emily Dickinson (1830), Herman Melville (1819), Pearl S. Buck (1892), and Ray Bradbury (1920). After him are Philip K. Dick (1928), Coen brothers (null), Walt Whitman (1819), Henry Miller (1891), Margaret Mitchell (1900), and Mario Puzo (1920).