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 (ĕm′ər-sən), Ralph Waldo 1803-1882.
American writer, philosopher, and central figure of transcendentalism. His poems, orations, and especially his essays, such as Nature (1836), are regarded as landmarks in the development of American thought and literary expression.

Em′er·so′ni·an (-sō′nē-ən) adj.


(Biography) Ralph Waldo. (rælf ˈwɔːldəʊ). 1803–82, US poet, essayist, and transcendentalist


(ˈɛm ər sən)

Ralph Waldo, 1803–82, U.S. essayist and poet.
Em`er•so′ni•an (-ˈsoʊ ni ən) adj.
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