American Writers, Volume 2 by Leonard Unger

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He met in the next years new friends, Margaret Fuller, Bronson Alcott, Horace Greeley, the elder Henry James, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Whitman. He 8 I AMERICAN began to turn his early practice in sermon making to lecture making on the new lecture circuits which were to illuminate the cities, villages, and frontiers of America for the rest of the century. He turned from much-arguedabout lectures, like the early "The American Scholar/9 to much-argued-about publications: Nature in 1836, the writings for the Dial in 1840-44, the Essays of 1841 and 1844, the Poems of 1846.

Every ship that comes to America got its chart from Columbus. " One danger is that these men become too much our masters. But change carries them and their kind along. "In some other and quite different field the next man will appear; not Jefferson, not Franklin, but now a great salesman; then a road-contractor; then a student of fishes; then a buffalo-hunting explorer; or a semi-savage western general. . " Nature protects each from every other in his variety; from what varieties can we learn?

The fifth is to see that their inter-relations, fate's and thought's, are manifold. The sixth is to think about the spirit of the age as the interworking of event and person, the advance out of fate into freedom, and their rebalancing. " So finally, the peroration of the pulpit and lecture hall: "Let us build altars to the Beautiful Necessity" which rudely or softly educates man to the perception that there are no contingencies. The following essay, "Power," stresses again the potential force of man, especially the strength that comes with concentration and habituation of his abilities, and uses the analogy of the energy and husbandry of a machine, which is constructed by man to exclude follies and hindrances, broken threads and rotten hours, from his production.

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