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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Beauty ( 1836 ) This essay distinguishes three major kinds of beauty as modes of
perception . First is sensory beauty in all its immediacy of visual form ,
impressionistic tone , and integrated pattern ; then there is the moral beauty of
heroic act ...
The poet , the painter , the sculptor , the musician , the architect , seek each to
concentrate this radiance of the world on one point , and each in his several work
to satisfy the love of beauty which stimulates him to produce . Thus is Art a nature
Beauty ( 1860 ) At a time of increasing specialization and arid research ,
Emerson called for a humanized science , akin to sociobiology today . Beyond
the opening pages on science , omitted here , Emerson extols art as the needed
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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