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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Yet how far off from life and manners and motives the novel still is ! . . . But the
novel will find the way to our interiors one day ” ( W 7 : 214 ) . A lifelong though
not systematic reader of novels , Emerson contributed germinal insights and
But the other novel , of which Wilhelm Meister ) is the best specimen , the novel of
character , treats the reader with more respect ; the development of character
being the problem , the reader is made a partaker of the whole prosperity .
Cowley tells us , “ I must not forget Ben ' s reading : it was delicious : never was
poetry married to more exquisite music : ” and the Duchess of Newcastle relates ,
that her husband , himself a good reader , said he “ never heard any man read ...
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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