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The relatively obscure release of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s first book, Nature, in 1836, gave few clues to the celebrity and influence which would later be enjoyed by its author. The piece was originally published anonymously but did mark the beginning of Emerson’s future role of mentor, lecturer, and teacher. His scope was wide, attracting a number of admirers across Massachusetts, reaching audiences from both his literary works, as well as his numerous appearances on …

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…his younger peer. There is no doubt of the crucial role played by Emerson in the maturing work of Thoreau. Emerson provided the framework within which Thoreau was able to create and explore his own intellectual independence. bibliography Emerson, Ralph Waldo, ‘The American Scholar,’ in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, ed. Nina Baym (New York, 1998) p. 1101 – 1114 Thoreau, Henry David, ‘Walking,’ in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, ed. Nina Baym (New York, 1998) p. 1953 - 1976