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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... Universal Being circulate through me ; I am part and parcel of God ” ( W 1 : 10 )
. When the lens of the imagination is clear and in harmonic focus , the power of
the Spirit will flow freely ( “ the currents . . . circulate ” ) through the receptive Self .
Do gladness and hope and fortitude flow from his page into thy heart ? Has he
led thee to Nature because his own soul was too happy in beholding her power
and love ? Or is his passion for the wilderness only the sensibility of the sick , the
The poet is like a marble fountain into and out of which the waters flow in a
process of “ universal receiving ” and “ universal giving . ” Thus , because truth is
ever present in the world , the simple lover of truth will not trouble himself with the
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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