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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In “ Thoughts on Modern Literature ” this insight is identified as a “ deep realism ,
” already evident in law , education , and philosophy , as well as in literature . It is
“ the Feeling of the Infinite , ” the deep intuitive response to “ metaphysical ...
Chaucer Although in some measure a public reading , this early lecture identifies
" the gifts of Chaucer ” as good sense , clear insight , kindness , and reformist
sympathy . Chaucer ' s " English sincerity and homeliness and humor ” are
Dickens In 1839 the fictional appeal and social criticism of Oliver Twist were lost
on Emerson , for whom an “ acute eye for costume ” and other surfaces was
hardly less negative a quality than the lack of insight into character . Three years
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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