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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When Emerson predicts that Leigh Hunt ' s " Abou ben Adhem ” will have the "
longest term ” of any nineteenth - century poem , his enthusiasm for its theme
leads him to overlook its undistinguished heroic couplets . Bulwer ' s Zanoni
Then the variety of his poems discloses the wealth and the health of his mind .
Nay , some of his words are poems . The selections from American writers are
necessarily confined to the present century ; but some of them have secured a
Tennyson Emerson owned Tennyson ' s Poems , Chiefly Lyrical as early as 1831
, obtained the 1833 Poems while in England , and in 1838 tried unsuccessfully to
have Tennyson ' s poems republished in the United States . In his journals , his ...
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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