Emerson's Literary Criticism

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U of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Literary Collections - 252 pages
"Carlson has performed a valuable service in publishing these important critical statements in one convenient, thoroughly documented sourcebook. Worthwhile for all students of American literature."-Choice. Ralph Waldo Emerson has always fascinated students of criticism and of American literature and thought. Emerson's Literary Criticism supplies the continuing need for an anthology. This collection brings together Emerson's literary criticism from a wide variety of sources. Eric W. Carlson has culled both the major statements of Emerson's critical principles and many secondary observations that illuminate them. Here are more than sixty selections on thirty-five critical topics. Headnotes provide valuable background. Carlson relates Emerson's critical principles to his philosophy, social thought, and literary milieu, and also to biographical details. Intended for the student as well as the researcher, this book amply illustrates Alfred Kazin's contention that Ralph Waldo Emerson was "one of the shrewdest critics who ever lived." Eric W. Carlson is professor emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut and editor of three Edgar Allan Poe anthologies as well as coeditor, with J. Lasley Dameron, of Emerson's Relevance Today: A Symposium.

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Editor Carlson gathered this selection of Emerson's literary criticism in 1979. The great poet here ruminates on "Art as Experience," "The Creative Process," "Writers and Books," and more. Read full review

Contents

Beauty 1836
3
Art
14
The Poet
24
Beauty 1860
45
Intellect
59
Bacchus
70
Diction and Style
81
The Craft of Poetry
96
Burns
187
Byron
190
Shelley
193
Tennyson
194
Wordsworth
197
Coleridge
206
Dickens
210
Scott
212

Emerging Critical Concepts
103
The Novel of Character vs
121
General Essays
127
Early Writers Chaucer
151
Bacon
156
Montaigne
159
Shakespeare
162
Milton
179
American Writers Fuller
216
Hawthorne
219
Thoreau
222
Whitman
227
BIBLIOGRAPHY
237
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
245
INDEX
247
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Eric W. Carlson is professor emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut and editor of three Edgar Allan Poe anthologies as well as coeditor, with J. Lasley Dameron, of Emerson?s Relevance Today: A Symposium.

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