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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landscapes the painter should give the suggestion of a fairer creation than we
know . The details , the prose of nature he should omit and give us only the spirit
and splendor . He should know that the landscape has beauty for his eye
Now that which is inevitable in the work has a higher charm than individual talent
can ever give , inasmuch as the artist ' s ... This circumstance gives a value to the
Egyptian hieroglyphics , to the Indian , Chinese and Mexican idols , however ...
4 Silence is a solvent that destroys personality , and gives us leave to be great
and universal . Every man ' s progress is through a succession of teachers , each
of whom seems at the time to have a superlative influence , but it at last gives ...
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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