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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Art as Experience One of the great integrators of art , philosophy , and religion ,
Emerson did not conceive of or apply his theory of criticism as a narrow specialty
. Thus his challenging question in Nature ( 1836 ) implies that the role of art as ...
The Poet This essay is Emerson ' s major statement on art as experience ,
organic form and symbolism , and the contribution of art to democratic culture and
to the collective development of man . Rich with insights , it prepares the way for ...
He is not reduced to dismount and walk because his horses are running off with
him in some distant direction : he always rides . The finest poetry was first
experience ; but the thought has suffered a transformation since it was an
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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