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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All knowledge , ” he wrote , “ rests on the co - incidence of an object with a
subject , ” on their “ intimate coalition . ” Knowledge is a process : “ We can only
know by the act of becoming . ” In such knowing there are " unconscious thoughts
, ” out ...
First is sensory beauty in all its immediacy of visual form , impressionistic tone ,
and integrated pattern ; then there is the moral beauty of heroic act or will ; and ,
finally , the intellectual realization of the object ' s “ identity ” with the organic
The virtue of art lies in detachment , in sequestering one object from the
embarrassing variety . Until one thing comes out from the connection of things ,
there can be enjoyment , contemplation , but no thought . Our happiness and
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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