(1803 - 1882)
Emerson: The Ideal in America
Spanning most of the turbulent 19th century, Emerson's life took him from a financially poor but intellectually rich childhood through an education at Harvard to early success as pastor of a prominent Boston Unitarian Church. But personal tragedy and his own doubts about organized religion set him on a journey of discovery that took him to Europe and deep into the philosophical traditions of the East as well as the West. Through his writings and lectures, he became one of the most influential figures of his time, inspiring presidents, other philosophers, and writers such as Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and Walt Whitman. His central message of "the infinitude of the private man" opened the eyes of the men and women who read and heard him to their own unlimited potential.
Bay Emerson Bancroft, an Emerson descendant and President of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association, has called this film "...a well-told, imaginatively presented and uplifting account of Emerson's life and the development of his ideas..."
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