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A Dream Too Wild

Emerson Meditations for Every Day of the Year

Edited by Barry Andrews

There have been few anthologies of Emerson's sayings and none quite like this one. Rather than brief quotes, this collection features thoughtfully selected passages that convey the texture and nuance of this exceptional mind. Drawn from all of the Emerson's writings—his sermons and lectures, his journals, his many books and essays and his poetry—this collection demonstrates the breadth and depth of Emerson.

Emerson is the most quoted of American authors and master of the aphorism. There's a spiritual message at the heart of his philosophy. Emerson understood the value of religious experience, and he urged the disciplined cultivation of the spiritual life. Published in the 200th anniversary year of Emerson’s birth, this book will provide an opportunity to celebrate and re-evaluate Emerson’s contribution to America’s spiritual history. Emerson's words show a new generation of Americans that it is possible to bring the spiritual search an open heart and a critical mind.

Barry Andrews is author of Emerson as Spiritual Guide and Thoreau as Spiritual Guide, both published by Skinner House Books. Andrews is the minister of religious education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York.

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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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