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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Of the ten early lectures on English literature ( EL 1 : 205 – 385 ) , several of
which have been drawn upon elsewhere in this volume , the first is entitled “
English Literature : Introductory . ” Disclaiming full knowledge of English literary
English “ transcendental genius ” to the test : only Bacon , Shakespeare , and
Milton dared generalize to universal truths from insight and analogy ; Coleridge ,
Carlyle , and Wordsworth are the only other noteworthy exceptions to the
The later English want the faculty of Plato and Aristotle , of grouping men in
natural classes by an insight of general laws , so deep that the rule is deduced
with equal precision from few subjects , or from one , as from multitudes of lives .
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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