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 best pictures are rude draughts of a few of the miraculous dots and lines and
dyes which make up the ever - changing ... If he can draw every thing , why draw
any thing ? and then is my eye opened to the eternal picture which nature ...
I now require this of all pictures , that they domesticate me , not that they dazzle
me . Pictures ... All great actions have been simple , and all great pictures are . ...
calm benignant beauty shines over all this picture , and goes directly to the heart .
Picture and sculpture are the celebrations and festivities of form . But true art is
never fixed , but always flowing . The sweetest music is not in the oratorio , but in
the human voice when it speaks from its instant life tones of tenderness , truth , or
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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