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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Emerson ' s view , on the contrary , posits the kind of experience in which the
intellect discovers reality by perceiving possible new dimensions and by finding
unsuspected relations between fact and fact , or fact and thought : Eyes and no
Particular natural facts are symbols of particular spiritual facts . 3 . Nature is the ...
Every word which is used to express a moral or intellectual fact , if traced to its
root , is found to be borrowed from some material appearance . Right means ...
Though you add millions , and never so surprising , the fact of mechanics has not
gained a grain ' s weight . The spiritual fact remains unalterable , by many or by
few particulars ; as no mountain is of any appreciable height to break the curve ...
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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