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 own heart metaphor more graphically suggests the organic function
of intellect : “ The intelligent mind is forever coming into relation with all the
objects of nature and time , until from a vital point it becomes a great heart from
us ; with doomsdays and purgatorial and penal fires before us ; and the heart of
the seer and the heart of the listener sank in them . It must be conceded that
these are half - views of half - men . The world still wants its poet - priest , a
Always we ought to hear sounding in our ears that first canon of criticism : “ What
comes from the heart that alone goes to the heart : what proceeds from a divine
impulse that the Godlike alone can awaken . ” 78 The vice of his literary effort is ...
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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