Emerson's Literary Criticism
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."
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Chaucer Although in some measure a public reading , this early lecture identifies
" the gifts of Chaucer ” as good sense , clear insight , kindness , and reformist
sympathy . Chaucer ' s " English sincerity and homeliness and humor ” are
In Chaucer are conspicuous some of those ideas which reappear continually in
the Saxon race . One of these is that of Gentilesse , or the doctrine of gentle
behaviour founded upon Honor , which adheres in all times and fortunes to the ...
Chaucer , it seems , drew continually , through Lydgate and Caxton , from Guido
di Colonna , whose Latin romance of the Trojan war was in turn a compilation
from Dares Phrygius , Ovid and Statius . Then Petrarch , Boccaccio and the ...
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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