E. S. Emerson was educated at Nell's School, Carlton, Melbourne. He joined the Brisbane Courier
and served as a sub-editor. Emerson also did freelance writing for the Sydney Bulletin
, the Lone Hand
, the Sydney Mail
and other journals. From August to November 1909 he edited the Port Denison Times
before moving to Perth where he edited the West Australian Worker
. His father was a first cousin of Ralph Waldo Emerson.