Self-Reliance, Translated: Ralph Waldo Emersons Self-Reliance Translated Into Modern English Adam Khan

ISBN: 9780962465611

Published: May 1st 2012

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64 pages


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Self-Reliance, Translated: Ralph Waldo Emersons Self-Reliance Translated Into Modern English  by  Adam Khan

Self-Reliance, Translated: Ralph Waldo Emersons Self-Reliance Translated Into Modern English by Adam Khan
May 1st 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 64 pages | ISBN: 9780962465611 | 9.37 Mb

This very small book is Ralph Waldo Emersons essay, Self-Reliance, translated into modern English by me, Adam Khan. When I tell people about translating Emerson, the first thing people always ask me is, Why would his work need to be translated?MoreThis very small book is Ralph Waldo Emersons essay, Self-Reliance, translated into modern English by me, Adam Khan. When I tell people about translating Emerson, the first thing people always ask me is, Why would his work need to be translated? After all, he lived a fairly short time ago and he spoke English.

Ive found when I share quotes from Emerson, it becomes clear why a translation might be helpful. For example, this is from the original Self-Reliance: As soon as he has once acted or spoken with eclat he is a committed person, watched by the sympathy or the hatred of hundreds, whose affections must now enter into his account. There is no Lethe for this. Ah, that he could pass again into his neutral, godlike independence! Who can thus lose all pledge and, having observed, observe again from the same unaffected, unbiased, unbribable, unaffrighted innocence, must always be formidable, must always engage the poets and the mans regards.

I enjoy Emersons prose. But it took some time and I had to look up a few words before I really understood what he was saying in that paragraph. My little translation is just something that helps. Hopefully, when youre done, you can go back and read Emersons original essay and understand it better.



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