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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Culture , to be sure , is in some sort the very enemy of nationality and makes us
citizens of the world ; and yet it is essential that it should have the flavor of the soil
in which it grew , and combine this with universal sympathies . Thus in this ...
Everybody knows as much as the savant . The walls of rude minds are scrawled
all over with facts , with thoughts . They shall one day bring a lantern and read the
inscriptions . Every man , in the degree in which he has wit and culture , finds ...
We have heard it alleged with some evidence that the prominence given to
intellectual power in Bulwers - Lytton ] ' s romances has proved a main stimulus
to mental culture in thousands of young men in England and America . The effect
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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