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Experience: Plot Summary
Experience: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Experience: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Historical Context of Experience
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- Full Title: “Experience”
- When Written: 1841-1844
- Where Written: Concord, Massachusetts
- When Published: 1844
- Literary Period: American Transcendentalism, American Romanticism, American Renaissance
- Genre: Essay
Extra Credit for Experience
Emerson, Messenger Boy. Emerson was a precocious child and was admitted to Harvard College at the tender age of 14 He was appointed “freshman messenger” for the president of the college, and as such was used to send messages to members of the faculty and to find students who were cutting class.
Napoleon’s Nephew. After graduating college, Emerson moved to St. Augustine, Florida, taking the advice of doctors who had told him that the warm weather would be good for his health. He took long, contemplative walks on the beach, wrote poetry, and, oddly enough, encountered Prince Achille Murat, the nephew of Napoleon Buonaparte. The two became fast friends, and Emerson counted Murat as an important influence.