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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Introduction

Emerson, Ralph Waldo (ĕmˈərsən) [key], 1803–82, American poet and essayist, b. Boston. Through his essays, poems, and lectures, the "Sage of Concord" established himself as a leading spokesman of transcendentalism and as a major figure in American literature.

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