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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He stands among partial men for the complete man , and apprises us not of his
wealth , but of the common wealth . The young man reveres men of ... For all men
live by truth and stand in need of expression . In love , in art , in avarice , in ...
The morning - redness happens to be the favorite meteor to the eyes of Jacob
Behmen , 56 and comes to stand to him for truth and faith ; and , he believes ,
should stand for the same realities to every reader . But the first reader prefers as
Stand there , balked and dumb , stuttering and stammering , hissed and hooted ,
stand and strive , until at last rage draw out of thee that dream - power which
every night shows thee is thine own ; a power transcending all limit and privacy ,
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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