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 office of painting and sculpture seems to be merely initial . The best pictures
can easily tell us their last secret . The best pictures are rude draughts of a few of
the miraculous dots and lines and dyes which make up the ever - changing ...
He is the April day incarnated and walking , soft sunshine and hailstones , sour
east wind and flowery southwest - alternating , and each sovereign , and painting
all things its own color . He has it all his own way . He complains of Nature ...
... painting prophets and patriarchs , not merely old men in robes and beards , but
with the sanctity and the character of the ... and disposing of his theme in a few
lines , or in a couplet ; is never dull , and is the master of miniature painting .
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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