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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Therefore all books of the imagination endure , all which ascend to that truth that
the writer sees nature beneath him , and uses it as his exponent . Every verse or
sentence possessing this virtue will take care of its own immortality .
Things are pretty , graceful , rich , elegant , handsome , but , until they speak to
the imagination , not yet beautiful . This is the reason why beauty is still escaping
out of all analysis . It is not yet possessed , it cannot be handled . Proclus66 says
Whilst the prudential and economical tone of society starves the imagination ,
affronted Nature gets such indemnity as she may . The novel is that allowance
and frolic the imagination finds . Everything else pins it down , and men TOWARD
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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