An unremarkable student, he made no particular impression on his contemporaries.In 1821, he graduated thirteenth in his class of 1959, and he was elected class poet only after six other students declined the honor.Through the persistence of these two women, he completed studies at the Boston Public Latin School.
In September 1834, Emerson moved to Concord, Massachusetts, as a boarder in the home of his step-grandfather, Ezra Ripley.
On September 14, 1835, he married Lydia Jackson of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and they moved into a house of their own in Concord, where they lived for the rest of their lives.
It sold very poorly — after twelve years, its first edition of 500 copies had not yet sold out.
However, "The American Scholar," the Phi Beta Kappa address that Emerson presented at Harvard in 1837, was very popular and, when printed, sold well.
After the first two years, he succeeded Fuller as its editor.
The Dial was recognized as the official voice of transcendentalism, and Emerson became intimately associated with the movement.
One of his first lectures, "The Uses of Natural History," attempted to humanize science by explaining that "the whole of Nature is a metaphor or image of the human mind," an observation that he would often repeat.
Other lectures followed — on diverse subjects such as Italy, biography, English literature, the philosophy of history, and human culture.
A year after he made this speech, he was invited back to Harvard to speak to the graduating class of Harvard Divinity School.
His address, which advocated intuitive, personal revelation, created such an uproar that he was not invited back to his alma mater for thirty years.