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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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 come again to the solid ground
of historical evidence ; and even the poets are contented with a civil and ...
The poet did not stop at the color or the form , but read their meaning ; neither
may he rest in this meaning , but he makes the same objects exponents of his
new thought . Here is the difference betwixt the poet and the mystic , that the last
His fable must be a good story , and its meaning must hold as pure truth . In the
debates on the Copyright Bill , in ... Whilst they have wisdom to the wise , he
would see that to the external they have external meaning . Coleridge rightly said
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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