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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The transcendental function he held to be best served by “ the novel of character
” : a coherent plot as an organic outgrowth of character , indirection and
symbolism ( rather than didactic moralizing ) being of the essence . He wanted to
find in ...
But death hath now set his seal upon him , and already his true character and
greatness begin to be felt . Already he quits the throng of his contemporaries and
takes his lofty station in that circle of sages whom he loved : Heraclitus , Hermes ...
I have never known any example of such steady progress from stage to stage of
thought and of character . An inspirer of courage , the secret friend of all
nobleness , the patient waiter for the realization of character , forgiver of injuries ...
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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