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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I saw a hand whose beauty seemed to me to express Hope and Purity , and as
that hand goes working , grasping , beckoning on , in the daily life of its owner ,
some of this high virtue , I think , will pass out of it . [ W ] 69 . Ceremonies
10 Hands to hands , and feet to feet , In one body grooms and brides ; Eldest rite ,
two married sides In every mortal meet . ... Like the dancers ' ordered band ,
Thoughts come also hand in hand ; In equal couples mated , Or else alternated ...
He stands where all the eyes of men look one way , and their hands all point in
the direction in which he should go . The Church has reared him amidst rites and
pomps , and he carries out the advice which her music gave him , and builds a ...
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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