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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Language This essay , Emerson ' s earliest and best statement of the
correspondence theory of language and symbolism , has become the locus
classicus of American Transcendentalism and its symbolic mode of thinking . For
the reader who ...
It has moreover been observed , that the idioms of all languages approach each
other in passages of the greatest eloquence ... This immediate dependence of
language upon nature , this conversion of an outward phenomenon into a type of
Language , the half god , language , the most spiritual of all the works of man , yet
language subdued by music - an organ or engine , it must be owned , scarcely
less beautiful than the world itself , a fine translation into the speech of man 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