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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Shakspeare is nothing but a large utterance . We cannot find that anything in his
age was more worth expression than anything in ours ; nor give any account of
his existence , but only the fact that there was a wonderful symbolizer and ...
35 Can any biography shed light on the localities into which the Midsummer
Night ' s Dream admits me ? Did Shakspeare confide to any notary or parish
recorder , sacristan , or surrogate in Stratford , the genesis of that delicate
This generosity abides with Shakspeare . We say , from the truth and closeness
of his pictures , that he knows the lesson by heart . Yet there is not a trace of
egotism . One more royal trait properly belongs to the poet . I mean his
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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