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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And in chosen men and women I find somewhat in form , speech and manners ,
which is not of their person and family , but of a humane , catholic and spiritual
character , and we love them as the sky . They have a largeness of suggestion ...
Ralph Waldo Emerson Eric W. Carlson. gesture enchants , why one word or
syllable intoxicates ; but the fact is familiar that the fine touch of the eye , or a
grace of manners , or a phrase of poetry , plants wings at our shoulders ; as if the
Three years later , he found American Notes readable , but false as a picture of
American manners . Later still he came to see Dickens ' s criticism of American
bad manners as needed and beneficial ( W 6 : 174 ) and his " humanity ” as the ...
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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