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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14 There seems to be a necessity in spirit to manifest itself in material forms ; and
day and night , river and storm , beast and bird , acid and alkali , preŽxist in
necessary Ideas in the mind of God , and are what they are by virtue of preceding
galleries of statues , vases , sarcophagi and candelabra , through all forms of
beauty cut in the richest materials , is in ... He must not be in any manner pinched
or hindered by his material , but through his necessity of imparting himself the ...
... the intellectual men do not believe in any essential dependence of the material
world on thought and volition . Theologians think it a pretty air - castle to talk of
the spiritual meaning of a ship or a cloud , of a city or a contract , but they prefer to
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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