Emerson: The Ideal in America

Emerson: The Ideal in America

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Emerson: The Ideal in America
 

The first video biography of "America's Founding Thinker," Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson's belief in "the infinitude of the private man" still resonates with spiritual seekers today. Most people know Emerson's essay, "Self-Reliance," but there is much more to the fascinating life of the man and his circle, which included Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, and Margaret Fuller. You will never look at Emerson--or yourself--quite the same way again.

Includes interviews with Robert D. Richardson Jr., author of "Emerson: The Mind on Fire;" Richard G. Geldard, author of "God in Concord;" Barbara Solowey, teacher and lecturer; Richard Grossman, author and psychotherapist; and Sarah Ann Wider, Professor of English, Colgate University.

"Why should we not also enjoy an original relation to the universe? Why should we not have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?" (Nature, 1836)



Reviews:
"...a well-told, imaginatively presented and uplifting account of Emerson's life and the development of his ideas."
Bay Emerson Bancroft, President
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association

Cast:
Jim Manley, Stephen Newman, Robert D. Richardson Jr., Richard G. Geldard, Barbara Solowey, Sarah Wider, Richard Grossman

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Format: DVD-R
Emerson: The Ideal in America
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