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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It appears to men , or it does not appear . 12 When in fortunate hours we ponder
this miracle , the wise man doubts if at all other times he is not blind and deaf ; “
Can such things be , And overcome us like a summer ' s cloud , Without our ...
fishes under the bridge , yonder oxen in the pasture , those dogs in the yard , are
immutably fishes , oxen and dogs , or only so appear to me , and perchance to
themselves appear upright men ; and whether I appear as a man to all eyes .
His highest triumph is to appear with the most wooden manners , as little
polished as will suffice to avoid castigation , nay , to contrive even his civilities so
that they may appear as near as may be to affronts ; instead of a noble high -
bred ease ...
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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