1. Nature (1836): This seminal work by Ralph Waldo Emerson is considered by many to be his best work. In it, he explores the spiritual connection between man and nature, and how this connection can be used to gain insight into life and our place in the universe.
2. The American Scholar (1837): In this lecture, Emerson outlines the importance of independent thought and self-reliance, inspiring generations of Americans to pursue their own paths.
3. Essays: First and Second Series (1841 and 1844): In these two volumes, Emerson collects his most important essays, including “Self-Reliance,” “The Over-Soul,” and “Experience.”
4. Representative Men (1850): In this collection of essays, Emerson profiles seven notable figures from history, including Plato, Napoleon, and Shakespeare.
5. Poems (1850): This volume of Emerson’s poetry includes some of his most famous works, such as “Concord Hymn” and “Threnody.”
6. English Traits (1856): In this work, Emerson examines the character of the English people, based on his travels to the country.
7. The Conduct of Life (1860): This collection of essays explores themes such as courage, success, and friendship.
8. Letters and Social Aims (1875): This volume collects a variety of Emerson’s letters, with topics ranging from literature to his own thoughts on life.