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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... shore in the poem “ Each and All . ” It is also a realization of the organic
universal , as in the fine passage on “ Give me insight into to - day ” in “ The
American Scholar . ” This “ universal relation ” Emerson called a “ creative vortex
” because ...
It almost alone has called out the genius of the German nation into an activity
which , spreading from the poetic into the scientific , religious and philosophical
domains , has made theirs now at last the paramount intellectual influence of the
... which I thought to send you ; but the book throve so badly with the few to whom
I showed it , & wanted good morals so much , that I never did . Yet I believe now
again , I shall . It is called “ Leaves of Grass , ” — was written WRITERS 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