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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His basic premises , “ Thought exists to be expressed ” and “ The man is only half
himself , the other half his expression ” - imply that the writer must seek words to
give form , life , and power to his ideas . In declaring that “ in good writing ...
In his Editor ' s Address of 1847 , he expressed a strong conviction that the new ,
American freedom would , in the future , find pure expression in “ a Columbia of
thought and art , which is the last and endless end of Columbus ' s adventure ...
He is isolated among his contemporaries by truth and by his art , but with this
consolation in his pursuits , that they will draw all men sooner or later . For all
men live by truth and stand in need of expression . In love , in art , in avarice , in
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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