Nature and Walking
EPUB EBook by Ralph Waldo Emerson
EBook DescriptionRead for my Nature Writing class. Nature and Walking EPUB EBook When either Ralph Waldo or Henry David actually describe nature, they both write beautiful descriptions. And I can't deny their talents for observation.
As a modern, Pagan reader, though, it's hard to get over the (Ralph Waldo's especially) Transcendentalist view that nature is a means to spiritual enlightenment. Not to mention all the talk about how nature bends to "man's dominion as meekly as the ass on which the Savior rode", which of course is the kind of thinking that's gotten us global warming and all the other countless environmental problems we have today.
This book, though, is a great sampling of the two authors, and is nicely produced. It's important to read both of these writers if you're interested in nature writing, and I think this is a good place to start if you don't want to invest in all of Walden or can't stomach much more of Ralph Waldo (which I can't). Like this book? Read online this: Nature's Peril - The Complete Edition (Nature Mage, #3), Walking.
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