Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the most influential figures in America during the 19th century. This audiobook, Representative Men, gives an account of how he understood genius, its place in society, its mechanism, and the historical accounts that supported his views. It is fitting that a man of such influence be remembered through his account of greatness in others.
In this work, he provides in this work a novel view of the function of history and intelligence. Emerson shows how the great men of history have stood upon the shoulders of those who have prepared the way. He poignantly explores the historical foundation necessary for works of genius to shine out and make a mark upon the times.
The full narration of this work is preceded by a lecture-by-lecture summary. The summary also includes a biography of Emerson himself, as well as background information about the work. Also included are an overview, synopsis, and analysis of the text. The summary is concluded by a section which explores the historical context, social impact, and criticisms of Emerson and his work.