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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... among his major statements are the essays “ Eloquence ” and “ Quotation and
Originality ” ( W 8 ) . ... to his own Bowdoin Prize essay of 1821 ( “ The Present
State ” ) , through his early sermons , he followed the dictates of Blair and Lord ...
Intellect In this key essay , Emerson presents a remarkably modern description of
the art of creative thought , of intellective insight , not of intellect as the faculty of
logical reasoning . It represents his major definition of experiential realization as
Bacon Bacon ' s Essays , an early favorite , became for Emerson a model of
beauty of style and nobility of sentiment . In 1824 , mentioning Bacon as one of
the “ wisdom ” writers , Emerson expressed a desire to write “ A Sequel to Bacon .
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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