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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... idealist , Platonist , and transcendentalist ( which Emerson on one occasion
took sharp exception to ) ( L 3 : 18 ) . Platonic idealism and transcendentalism
posit a world of absolute “ Ideas ” or “ Forms ” , existing only in the realm of
7 When the spirit manifests itself in day and night , river and stars , beast and bird
, those manifestations are said by Emerson to " pre - exist in necessary Ideas in
the mind of God , ” that is , in organic tendencies within the creative or “ educated
When Plato ' s trans - empirical Ideas or Forms were transferred to post - or Neo -
Platonic ideas in the mind of the artist - the Divine Idea beamed into the soul ' s
mirror - psychological criticism began . A fourth orientation , the objective theory ...
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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