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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Criticism must also become aware of the cultural roots of genius , as in Milton ' s
Saxon origins , Renaissance ( Italian ) studies , and Puritan experience . The
qualities and values of a writer ' s work stem from his character , not his talent
Religion will bind again these that were sometime frivolous , customary , enemies
, skeptics , selfseekers , into a joyful reverence for the circumambient Whole , and
that which was ecstasy shall become daily bread . Natural History of Intellect ...
are become the standards of propriety for opinion and action in our own modes ,
and , equally , all appeals to our revealed tenets of religion and moral duty . ” He
goes to bespeak indulgence to “ ornaments of fancy unsuited to our taste , and ...
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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