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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( J 8 : 321 ] Despite the “ mystical emphasis ” that Vivian Hopkins found
embarrassing , she concluded that Emerson ' s concept of inspiration avoided “
the opium fumes of De Quincey , the egotism of Byron , the sensualism of the
young Goethe ...
Bacchus " Bacchus ” symbolically expresses Emerson ' s deep thirst for the wine
of creative inspiration . Bacchus is elevated to a god of spiritual ecstasy in a
transcendental communion with the epic origins and powers of the universe . It is
Merlin the bard represents the Emersonian ideal of the creative poet who mounts
by “ the stairway of surprise ” ( unpredictable moments of inspiration ) to the
highest levels of realization and power . As for its poetic qualities , " Merlin ” has ...
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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