Containing some of the best Emerson essays (Self-Reliance, History, Nature, Divinity School Address, Experience) this attractive little book from Dover is apparently subsidised by people who believe you should have Emerson practically for free. How right they are. In fact Emerson should be on the National Health Service. Easier to read than almost any other great thinker ancient or modern, Emerson is a magnificent prose stylist and, as the epigraphs show, not a bad poet. An absolute joy: if you've ever wondered why Columbus bothered, Emerson alone would be enough to justify America. If you haven't read Emerson before...Go on, treat yourself.