3. Emerson and Salon Life


At age 18 at a party of the wealthy, she met the famous writer RALPH WALDO
EMERSON. She gave him a copy of her book of poetry, and after he read it he
contacted her to tell her how good he thought her poetry was. He helped her with
her writing. He became her “mentor” and friend for the rest of her life.


When you are interested in art, music, literature you generally associate with
people with like interests. When you are wealthy and have a large home with
a beautiful drawing room in which to entertain your guests…you invite them to
your home and that is called a “Salon”. They usually gather together weekly, enjoy
coffee, tea, cocktails and snacks, and discuss art, music, literature, and even
politics.  Emma was a frequent visitor at the “Gilders” salon.