Ralph Waldo Emerson grave
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Concord, Massachusetts

Considered the leader of the Transcendentalist movement in New England in the mid-1800s, Emerson was also a lecturer, essayist, poet, philosopher, and abolitionist. One of his most famous essays, widely reprinted and anthologized, was entitled Self-Reliance. It’s available for reading in the Scholar’s Library section of 101 Bananas HERE.

Ralph Waldo Emerson postage stamp
U.S. postage stamp honoring
Ralph Waldo Emerson, issued in 1940