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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Milton The excerpts from this appreciation deal with Milton the writer only ,
omitting the pages on Milton ' s physical traits , speech , schooling , character ,
austere habits , heroic and Christian qualities , and his championing of political ...
But it would be great injustice to Milton to consider him as enjoying merely a
critical reputation . It is the prerogative of this great man to stand at this hour
foremost of all men in literary history , and so ( shall we not say ? ) of all men , in
Milton , fired “ with dearest charity to infuse the knowledge of good things into
others , » : 49 tasked his giant imagination and exhausted the stores of his
intellect for an end beyond , namely , to teach . His own conviction it is which
gives such ...
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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