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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By contrast with Byron , Shelley was praised for his aspiration , heroic character ,
and poetic mind , but , because of his ... By comparison with the praise lavished
on Coleridge ' s critical and metaphysical works , his poems were all but ignored
The sweet and sublime face of Jesus is beyond praise , yet how it disappoints all
florid expectations ! This familiar , simple , homespeaking countenance is as if
one should meet a friend . The knowledge of picture dealers has its value , but ...
Yet in the court and law to which we ordinarily speak , and without adverting to
absolute standards , we claim for him the praise of truth , of fidelity to his
intellectual nature . He is the king of all scholars . In these days and in this
country , where ...
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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