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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But marry it to human history , and it is ... the organs , or work or noise of an insect
, applied to the illustration of a fact in intellectual philosophy , or in any way
associated to human nature , affects us in the most lively and agreeable manner .
He possesses many of the highest gifts of genius and those too whose value is
most intelligible to all men . The milk of human kindness flows always in his veins
. The hilarity of good sense joined with the best health and temper never forsakes
If he should appear in any company of human souls , who would not march in his
troop ? ... it can teach us to spare both ħeroes and poets ; and it weighs
Shakspeare also , and finds him to share the halfness and imperfection of
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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