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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By the mutual action of its structure and of the laws of light , perspective is
produced , which integrates every mass of objects , of what character soever ,
into a well colored and shaded globe , so that where the particular objects are
mean and ...
Proclus66 says , “ It swims on the light of forms . ” It is properly not in the form , but
in the mind . It instantly deserts possession , and flies to an object in the horizon .
If I could put my hand on the North Star , would it be as beautiful ? The sea is ...
A certain wandering light appears , and is the distinction , the principle , we
wanted . But the oracle comes because we had previously laid siege to the
shrine . It seems as if the law of the intellect resembled that law of nature by
which we now ...
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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