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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When I read Plutarch , or look at a Greek vase , I incline to accept the common
opinion of scholars , that the Greeks had clearer wits than any other people . But
there is anything but time in my idea of the antique . A clear or natural expression
To look at him one would say there was never an observer before . What sagacity
, what industry of observation . To read his record is a frugality of time , for you
shall find no word that does not stand for a thing , and he is of that
No man existed who could look down on him . They that looked into his eyes saw
that they might look down the sky as easily . His muse and teaching was common
sense , joyful , aggressive , irresistible . Not Latimer , nor Luther struck more ...
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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