Well I have started in on my new book about my newest interest, David Henry Thoreau. I have had an interest in the romantic period and I am just now getting around to reading some of their work.
My plan was to read Thoreau first and then buy this book I saw by Ralph Waldo Emmerson. But after learning how the big larger then life Emmerson who was all about free thinking and abolishing social restrictions and conditioning and wanted to start a Utopian community based upon each individuals talents and abilities. Emmerson who was supposed to be Thoreau's great close friend, actually publically dismissed Thoreau's lifestyle of living at Walden Pond and being an observer of nature and recording it. He dismissed Thoreau as not being ambitious because he didn't have a job, he looked down on Thoreau's daily walks in the woods and he was arrogant because Thoreau wasn't popular or had any commercial sucess as a published author. Emmerson was just then becoming well known and sucessful and hitting the lecture circuit pushing his Utopian community and other free thinking ideals, yet his friend he dismissed. Talk about a hypocrit! I am so disgusted by Emmerson, I doubt I'll ever read anything he wrote based strictly on principle that I will not support such a hypocrit.
Yeah I know he was a man and all men are fallible. But I would expect a bit more in terms of higher standards from someone such as Emmerson. If you're gonna talk the talk, you better walk the walk.
I swear this is as bad as finding out that Byron was a womanizer. Guess maybe it shows I should stop placing historical figures on pedestals.......