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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Artist : ibid . Poet : Hyatt Waggoner , Emerson as Poet ; American Poets : From
the Puritans to the Present . Fountainhead : Harold Bloom , “ American Poetic
Stances : Emerson to Stevens , ” in Wallace Stevens : The Poems of Our Climate ,
mules offered him a trifling present , pretended to be hurt at thought of writing on
demi - asses . When , however , he offered a sufficient present , he composed the
poem :“ Hail , daughters of the tempest - footed horse , That skims like wind ...
Although present , in varying degree , in Byron , Wordsworth , and Shelley , this
epic transcendentalism " finds its most genial climate in the American mind ” ; and
as the prevailing “ intense selfishness ” and discontent are replaced by ...
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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