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(4.5 stars; 146 reviews)

Nature is a short essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson published anonymously in 1836. It is in this essay that the foundation of transcendentalism is put forth, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature. Recent advances in zoology, botany, and geology confirmed Emerson's intuitions about the intricate relationships of Nature at large. The publication of Nature is usually taken to be the watershed moment at which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement.

Henry David Thoreau had read "Nature" as a senior at Harvard College and took it to heart. It eventually became an essential influence for Thoreau's later writings, including his seminal Walden. (Summary excerpted from Wikipedia by Neeru Iyer) (1 hr 52 min)


Introduction 4:25 Read by David Lawrence
Nature 9:24 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Commodity 3:35 Read by madmouth
Beauty 13:19 Read by madmouth
Language 17:12 Read by Neeru Iyer
Discipline 20:38 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Idealism 22:28 Read by Daniel Paashaus
Spirit 6:17 Read by madmouth
Prospects 15:11 Read by madmouth


Nature and Humanity are One

(5 stars)

This is the first time I came into contact with Ralph Waldo Emerson and in terms of his literature. I am so glad that LibriVox is here so that I may be able to explore such wonderfully Sublime thoughts. The readers were excellent the contact was superb. Keep Going Humanity is Nature's crown.

Refreshingly Alluring

(5 stars)

I found myself swimming in the depths of a untainted reality, within my once preferred childlike wonderment.... such a feeling has left me in awe to discover and play with the nature of nature and the nature of man.

David Lawrence is an annoying reader.

(4 stars)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book

(5 stars)

I was enthralled with every sentence of this book and how Walt Whitman hand carved each word like the sculptor would marble. I could hear Carl Sagan in the words and concepts presented too, and the depth that he had of all life being Star Stuff or interconnected. The readers all did a great job too.

Open ones mind to a new way to look at a world we see everyday.

(4 stars)