Alex Green, owner of Back Pages Books on Moody Street in Waltham, is sharing his passion for local history by publishing a book. He has revived Ralph Waldo Emerson’s first two sermons, delivered in Waltham, with “The Shaking Tent’’ (Back Pages). Emerson delivered the sermons at the city’s First Parish Church in 1826 when he was 23. His uncle, Samuel Ripley, presided over the church.
In his introduction, Green acknowledges that the sermons are not Emerson’s finest works though they embody ideas that later made him famous. That is, the need to encourage goodness in one’s self through introspection and self-reliance.