By Carlos Baker
I'd read Emerson's essays, and I bought this book because I wanted to know more about this man who wrote so much about life, death, love. Baker is illuminating: At times Emerson was a little…snarky. Judgmental of his friends. Hard and difficult. Then he'd be an incredible husband and father and an amazing friend to Thoreau, who was a weirdo but brilliant. The most moving part is after the death of Emerson's son. Here is a man who has words for everything. Words, words, words—his life is words—but he is without them when his son dies.