Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was born May 25, 1803 and died April 27, 1882. He was an American essayist, lecturer, 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.

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