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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To every foot its antipode ; Each color with its counter glowed ; To every tone beat
answering tones , Higher or graver ; Flavor gladly blends with flavor ; Leaf
answers leaf upon the bough ; And match the paired cotyledons . 10 Hands to
Sugar is not so sweet to the palate as sound to the healthy ear . ” “ I put on some
hemlock - boughs , and the rich salt crackling of their leaves was like mustard to
the ear , the crackling of uncountable regiments . Dead trees love the fire .
Concord , Massachusetts 21 July 1855 Dear Sir , I am not blind to the worth of the
wonderful gift of “ Leaves of Grass . " I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit &
wisdom that America has yet contributed . I am very happy in reading it , as ...
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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