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 one of his 1835 lectures on English literature he discussed Jonson , Herrick ,
Herbert , and Sir Henry Wotton ( EL 1 : 337 - 55 ) ... But this early lecture closed
with a characteristic remark to the effect that a " curious reader ” of old English
His later lecture “ The Poet ” ( 1844 ) , reprinted below , developed and refined
his ideas on nature ( the " not - Me ” ) as the basic analogical medium of creative
insight . Language is a third use which Nature subserves to man EMERSON ' S ...
Shakspeare ; or , The Poet , ” in Representative Men , W 4 : 187 - 220 ; first
published in Representative Men ( 1850 ) ; origin in “ Shakespeare , ” lecture at
Exeter Hall , London ( 1848 ) and lecture in Boston ( 1846 ) . Milton The excerpts
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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