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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Beginning in the late 1820s , his view had shifted to an interest in colloquial ,
idiomatic , and concrete language as more expressive of feelings and
perceptions and closer to the actual life lived than the abstract and ornamental
style of the past ...
Diction and Style Out of a typically American distrust of the rhetorical tradition ,
Emerson developed , in Odell Shepard ' s words , " the way of a mind with a style
. ” With the salty New England idiom of Aunt Mary Moody ringing in his ears ...
Carlyle The rhetorical style of Carlyle ' s essays and histories left Emerson both
wonder - struck and disturbed , as illustrated by his comments in “ Diction and
Style ” ( Part III above ) . Emerson read Carlyle ' s essays as early as 1827 , when
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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