THE WRITER :
- Ralph Waldo Emerson "was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.
He was seen as a champion ofindividualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.
Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, Nature..."
- "Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door." (Wikipedia)
"The phrase is actually a misquotation of the statement:
If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 
- Nature "is an essay written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, published anonymously in 1836. It is in this essay that the foundation of transcendentalism is put forth, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature.  Transcendentalism suggests that divinity diffuses all nature, and speaks to the notion that we can only understand reality through studying nature..."
- American Writers: Emerson and Thoreau - a webquest
"We're going on a quest back in time to visit two great American authors, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Along the way we will visit such places as Walden Pond, where Thoreau engaged in his infamous minimalist lifestyle which culminated in his masterpiece Walden, Emerson's house, and the historically rich town of Concord, Massachusetts. Through this quest, students will discover and gain insight into both the personal and public lives of these two great authors and how their individual lives and experiences shaped what is widely recognized as two of America's greatest literary voices."