Emerson had meanwhile become seriously interested in thePoetry, Philosophy and Essays of such persons as Plato, Plotinus,Swedenborg, Victor Cousin, Carlyle, Coleridge, and Wordsworth.
His addresses including"The Philosophy of History," "Human Culture," "Human Life," and"The Present Age" were based on material in his Journals, acollection of observations and notes that he had begun while astudent at Harvard.
In the autumn of 1835 Emerson married Lydia Jackson and thecouple moved into a spacious house in Concord that Emerson hadpurchased.
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