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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But there is some obstruction or some excess of phlegm in our constitution ,
which does not suffer them to yield the due effect . 26 Too feeble fall the
impressions of nature on us to make us artists . Every touch should thrill . Every
man should ...
How beautiful are ships on the sea ! but ships in the theatre , or ships kept for
picturesque effect on Virginia Water by George IV . , and men hired to stand in
fitting costumes at a penny an hour ! What a difference in effect between a
battalion of ...
And in him this encyclopaedia of facts , which it has been the boast of the age to
compile , wrought an equal effect . He was knowing ; he was brave ; he was
clean from all narrowness ; he has a perfect propriety and taste , - a quality by no
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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