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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These propositions have a much more extensive and universal sense when
applied to human life , than when confined to technical use . In like manner , the
memorable words of history and the proverbs of nations consist usually of a
Hudibras has the same hard mentality ,keeping the truth at once to the senses
and to the intellect . It is not less seen in poetry ... elevations materialistic , its
poetry is common sense inspired ; or iron raised to white heat . The marriage of
the two ...
Chaucer Although in some measure a public reading , this early lecture identifies
" the gifts of Chaucer ” as good sense , clear insight , kindness , and reformist
sympathy . Chaucer ' s " English sincerity and homeliness and humor ” are
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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