Ralph Waldo Emerson

emerson1May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882

One of the leaders of the American Transcendentalist movement, Ralph Waldo Emerson was an important poet, lecturer and essayist.  In addition to his popular essay collections that centered on self-reliance and an intellectual approach to God and the soul, he published a number of poems, most notably “The Rhodora” and “Concord Hymn” about the battles of Lexington and Concord, the beginnings of the American Revolutionary War.  He had close friendships with fellow Transcendental contemporaries like Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman and was a major influence on both personally and in their writings. Emerson was also a very vocal proponent of the abolition of slavery and spent much of the Civil War lecturing to its cause. After many years of issues with his memory, he finally withdrew from public appearances out of shame. In 1882, Emerson died of pneumonia in his home.


Sleepy Hollow Cemetery – Concord, MA

Specific Location

Authors Ridge; Follow the signs to the ridge, Emerson is buried to the west of the other writers between Ridge Path and Hillside Ave.


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