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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While Blake thinks of an integral fusion between matter and spirit , Emerson
conceives of spirit as flowing out of the matter which it has vitalized in the moment
of creation . " 18 The material object is only of temporary value in objectifying the
I become a transparent eyeball ; I am nothing ; I see all ; the currents of the
Universal Being circulate through me ; I am part and parcel of God ” ( W 1 : 10 ) .
When the lens of the imagination is clear and in harmonic focus , the power of the
He once for all forsook the styles and standards and modes of thinking of London
and Paris , and the books read there and the aims pursued , and wrote Helvellyn
and Windermere and the dim spirits which these haunts harbored . There was ...
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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