Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803 - 1882

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, 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 he disseminated his thoughts 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 4,781,713 page views. His biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 264th most popular writer.

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Among writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson ranks 262 out of 4,883Before him are Ian Fleming, Jack Kerouac, Antonin Artaud, Mansur Al-Hallaj, Alfonso X of Castile, and Dario Fo. After him are Lope de Vega, Peter Drucker, Alphonse Daudet, Germaine de Staël, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, and John Keats.

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Among people born in 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson ranks 5Before him are Hector Berlioz, Christian Doppler, Justus von Liebig, and Prosper Mérimée. After him are Adolphe Adam, Maria Anna of Savoy, Gottfried Semper, Albrecht von Roon, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Fyodor Tyutchev, and Flora Tristan. Among people deceased in 1882, Ralph Waldo Emerson ranks 5Before him are Charles Darwin, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Friedrich Wöhler, and Jesse James. After him are Arthur de Gobineau, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Bruno Bauer, Theodor Schwann, Léon Gambetta, Louis Blanc, and Francesco Hayez.

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Among people born in United States, Ralph Waldo Emerson ranks 221 out of 12,171Before him are John Jay (1745), Quentin Tarantino (1963), Christopher Lloyd (1938), John B. Watson (1878), Jesse James (1847), and Sigourney Weaver (1949). After him are Tony Curtis (1925), P. T. Barnum (1810), David Lynch (1946), Rocky Marciano (1923), Tommy Lee Jones (1946), and Colonel Sanders (1890).

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Among writers born in United States, Ralph Waldo Emerson ranks 24Before him are Henry David Thoreau (1817), Pearl S. Buck (1892), Philip K. Dick (1928), Henry Miller (1891), Ezra Pound (1885), and Jack Kerouac (1922). After him are Arthur Miller (1915), Emily Dickinson (1830), Mario Puzo (1920), Philip Roth (1933), Raymond Chandler (1888), and Napoleon Hill (1883).