Emerson is to the literary world in America as Lincoln was to the political world in the 1860s. His stature as a thinker, writer and public figure to admire brought American literature to new heights.
Emerson, more the academic and intellectual, wrote with the elegance and intelligence of the gods. He was much superior to Thoreau in style and breadth of subject matter, he was more well-rounded and able to connect with his peers, both personally and as an author. And through this intimate friendship and association shared by Emerson and Thoreau, and any literary and intellectual comparison made between these two men, only serves to enhance and expand the others significance and genius. For me there was an integration and balance, a synergy, almost a partnership, in how they contributed to American literature and the intellectual community.
This collection is a beautiful addition to my library. It contains Emersons major essays e.g. Nature, Beauty, Compensation, Self-Reliance, and The Poet and his public addresses e.g. The American Scholar, (a big favorite of mine.)
This is a quality collection at a reasonable price. I was actually concerned that the quality might suffer because I thought the price so low. But it was not compromised. Both Emerson and this collection should be in your library. Highly recommended.