The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use? What is the one end which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire.
The American Scholar
Ralph Waldo

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

With a Biographical Introduction and Notes by Edward Waldo Emerson

The twelve-volume Concord edition of Emerson’s Complete Works features over 3,000 voluminous footnotes painstakingly compiled by his son.

Bibliographic Record


 Preface    Biographical Sketch

Vol. I. Nature, Addresses and Lectures
 The American Scholar
 Address to the Senior Class of the Divinity School
 Literary Ethics
 The Method of Nature
 Man the Reformer
 Lecture on the Times
 The Conservative
 The Transcendentalist
 The Young American
Vol. II. Essays: First Series
I.  History
II.  Self-Reliance
III.  Compensation
IV.  Spiritual Laws
V.  Love
VI.  Friendship
VII.  Prudence
VIII.  Heroism
IX.  The Over-Soul
X.  Circles
XI.  Intellect
XII.  Art
Vol. III. Essays: Second Series
I.  The Poet
II.  Experience
III.  Character
IV.  Manners
V.  Gifts
VI.  Nature
VII.  Politics
VIII.  Nominalist and Realist
IX.  New England Reformers
Vol. IV. Representative Men: Seven Lectures
I.  Uses of Great Men
II.  Plato; or, the Philosopher
III.  Swedenborg; or, the Mystic
IV.  Montaigne; or, the Skeptic
V.  Shakspeare; or, the Poet
VI.  Napoleon; or, the Man of the World
VII.  Goethe; or, the Writer
Vol. V. English Traits
I.  First Visit to England
II.  Voyage to England
III.  Land
IV.  Race
V.  Ability
VI.  Manners
VII.  Truth
VIII.  Character
IX.  Cockayne
X.  Wealth
XI.  Aristocracy
XII.  Universities
XIII.  Religion
XIV.  Literature
XV.  The Times
XVI.  Stonehenge
XVII.  Personal
XVIII.  Result
XIX.  Speech at Manchester
Vol. VI. The Conduct of Life
I.  Fate
II.  Power
III.  Wealth
IV.  Culture
V.  Behavior
VI.  Worship
VII.  Considerations by the Way
VIII.  Beauty
IX.  Illusions
Vol. VII. Society and Solitude: Twelve Chapters
I.  Society and Solitude
II.  Civilization
III.  Art
IV.  Eloquence
V.  Domestic Life
VI.  Farming
VII.  Works and Days
VIII.  Books
IX.  Clubs
X.  Courage
XI.  Success
XII.  Old Age
Vol. VIII. Letters and Social Aims
I.  Poetry and Imagination
II.  Social Aims
III.  Eloquence
IV.  Resources
V.  The Comic
VI.  Quotation and Originality
VII.  Progress of Culture
VIII.  Persian Poetry
IX.  Inspiration
X.  Greatness
XI.  Immortality
Vol. IX. Poems
Vol. X. Lectures and Biographical Sketches
I.  Demonology
II.  Aristocracy
III.  Perpetual Forces
IV.  Character
V.  Education
VI.  The Superlative
VII.  The Sovereignty of Ethics
VIII.  The Preacher
IX.  The Man of Letters
X.  The Scholar
XI.  Plutarch
XII.  Historic Notes of Life and Letters in New England
XIII.  Chardon Street Convention
XIV.  Ezra Ripley, D.D.
XV.  Mary Moody Emerson
XVI.  Samuel Hoar
XVII.  Thoreau
XVIII.  Carlyle
XIX.  George L. Stearns
Vol. XI. Miscellanies
I.  The Lord’a Supper
II.  Historical Discourse at Concord
III.  Letter to President Van Buren
IV.  Emancipation in the British West Indies
V.  War
VI.  The Fugitive Slave Law—Address at Concord
VII.  The Fugitive Slave Law—Lecture at New York
VIII.  The Assault upon Mr. Sumner
IX.  Speech on Affairs in Kansas
X.  John Brown—Speech at Boston
XI.  John Brown—Speech at Salem
XII.  Theodore Parker
XIII.  American Civilization
XIV.  The Emancipation Proclamation
XV.  Abraham Lincoln
XVI.  Harvard Commemoration Speech
XVII.  Dedication of the Soldiers’ Monument in Concord
XVIII.  Editors’ Address
XIX.  Address to Kossuth
XX.  Woman
XXI.  Consecration of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
XXII.  Robert Burns
XXIII.  Shakspeare
XXIV.  Humboldt
XXV.  Walter Scott
XXVI.  Speech at Banquet in Honor of Chinese Embassy
XXVII.  Remarks at Organization of Free Religious Association
XXVIII.  Speech at Second Annual Meeting of Free Religious Association
XXIX.  Address at Opening of Concord Free Public Library
XXX.  The Fortune of the Republic
Vol. XII. Natural History of Intellect and Other Papers
I.  Natural History of Intellect
I.  Powers and Laws of Thought
II.  Instinct and Inspiration
III.  Memory
II.  The Celebration of Intellect
III.  Country Life
IV.  Concord Walks
V.  Boston
VI.  Michael Angelo
VII.  Milton
VIII.  Art and Criticism
IX.  Papers from the Dial
I.  Thoughts on Modern Literature
II.  Walter Savage Landor
III.  Prayers
IV.  Agriculture of Massachusetts
V.  Europe and European Books
VI.  Past and Present
VII.  A Letter
VIII.  The Tragic