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Introduction by Mary Oliver
Commentary by Henry James, Robert Frost, Matthew Arnold, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Henry David Thoreau
The definitive collection of Emerson’s major speeches, essays, and poetry, The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson chronicles the life’s work of a true “American Scholar.” As one of the architects of the transcendentalist movement, Emerson embraced a philosophy that championed the individual, emphasized independent thought, and prized “the splendid labyrinth of one’s own perceptions.” More than any writer of his time, he forged a style distinct from his European predecessors and embodied and defined what it meant to be an American. Matthew Arnold called Emerson’s essays “the most important work done in prose.”

1. Emerson Recording Laboratories, Inc. (1924-1926), Consolidated Record Corporation (1926-1928) - Ryan Barna Collection.

When the Consolidated Record Corporation took over Emerson’s recording operations in 1926, they converted to electrical recording, but continued the same 3000 matrix series that Emerson used to supply recordings for Grey Gull. Thus, any matrix numbers higher than 3876 are electrical recordings (beginning with 3877).

2. Emerson Phonograph Company, Inc. (1918-1923) - Ryan Barna Collection, Emerson 7" discs. 

Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations