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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In Biographia Literaria , which Emerson considered “ the best book of criticism in
the English language , ” 26 Coleridge laid out the case for an organic theory of
knowing . “ All knowledge , ” he wrote , “ rests on the co - incidence of an object ...
after was recognized as the critic and conscience of his time and country .
Emerson left many interesting journal references to Coleridge ' s keenness as a
thinker and critic ; yet he produced no lecture or essay other than the segment
Coleridge Although brief comments on Coleridge are scattered throughout
Emerson ' s works , none contains a more considered or more substantial
appreciation than these pages from an early lecture . To Emerson , Coleridge is
less a poet ...
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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