Emerson, the Naturalist in Nature
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This chapter focuses on the relationship between literature and science as reflected within Emerson's writing, particularly evident in the early lectures and Nature, and aims to highlight the value of the early lectures in shaping Emerson as a Romantic naturalist in a way that adumbrated Nature. Critics have identified the pervasive influence of science upon Emerson. Emerson had previously entertained ideas of natural law even before his early lectures, as can be seen in "Christianity Confirms Natural Religion" delivered on July 11, 1829 at Chardon Street. Emerson's 1829 sermon provides a theological basis for natural law through interest in the theory of magnetism, which leads him to associate humanity with particles. Emerson's "habits of conversation" reveal direct engagement with the natural realm, which are evident in Nature. In "The Uses of Natural History", Emerson contends that nature rejuvenates the inner being and becomes a place of refuge from the city.