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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his public nature , his relation to the Universe . For all that , Emerson ends on a
highly monistic note : “ Let us build altars to the Blessed Unity , ” a line repeated ,
with slight variation ( “ . . . to the Beautiful Necessity ' ' ) , in each of his concluding
Beside the relation of things to virtue , they have a relation to thought . The
intellect searches out the absolute order of things as they stand in the mind of
God , and without the colors of affection . The intellectual and the active powers
seem to ...
That which intellectually considered we call Reason , considered in relation to
nature , we call Spirit . Spirit is the Creator ... These are not the dreams of a few
poets , here and there , but man is an analogist , and studies relations in all
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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