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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A good ballad draws my ear and heart whilst I listen , as much as an epic has
done before . A dog , drawn by a master , or a litter ... If he can draw every thing ,
why draw any thing ? and then is my eye opened to the eternal picture which
A child knows if an arm or a leg be distorted in a picture ; if the attitude be natural
or grand or mean ; though he has never received any instruction in drawing or
heard any conversation on the subject , nor can himself draw with correctness a ...
The effect on manners cannot be less sensible , and we can easily believe that
the behavior of the ballroom and of the hotel has not failed to draw some addition
of dignity and grace from the fair ideals with which the imagination of a novelist ...
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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