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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... the source notes to each indicate the original ones . The source notes indicate
also , seriatim , the text used here , the original publication , the original source ,
and , in brackets , the date of composition where germane . Where desirable ...
In a portrait he must inscribe the character and not the features , and must esteem
the man who sits to him as himself only an imperfect picture or likeness of the
aspiring original within . What is that abridgment and selection we observe in all ...
No mannerist made these varied groups and diverse original single figures . 19
Here is the artist himself improvising , grim and glad , at his block . Now one
thought strikes him , now another , and with each moment he alters the whole air
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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