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 difference between persons is not in wisdom but in art . I knew , in an
academical club , a person who always deferred to me ; who , seeing my whim
for writing , fancied that my experiences had somewhat superior ; whilst I saw that
A person of commanding individualism will answer it as Rochester does , - as
Cleopatra , as Milton , as George Sand do , - magnifying the exception into a rule
, dwarfing the world into an exception . A person of less courage , that is of less ...
You have recognized the existence of other persons than officers & of other
relations than civism . ... All hail , Brother ! live forever ; not only in the great Soul
which thou largely inhalest , but also as a named person in this thy definite deed .
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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