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 texts are edited in the most conservative fashion consonant with the
production of a good reading text ; and all translated texts observe the dictum that
the letter gives life and the spirit kills when a technical or rigorous passage is
being put ...
For if in any manner we can stimulate this instinct , new passages are opened for
us into nature ; the mind flows into and ... These are auxiliaries to the centrifugal
tendency of a man , to his passage out into free space , and they help him to ...
How profound the observation in this passage ! “ This same truth is a naked and
open daylight that doth not show the masks and mummeries and triumphs of the
world half so stately and daintily as candle lights . Truth may perhaps come to the
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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