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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In his theory of correspondence Emerson proclaimed that “ the world is
emblematic . . . . The whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind . . . . The
axioms of physics translate the laws of ethics . " 14 Such passages resemble
Paralleling Horatio Greenough in his theory of organic architecture , Emerson
pioneered the theory of organic poetic form in America . Emerson did so “ by way
of his general philosophical theories of nature , and Greenough by way of his
In developing his theory of organic form , Emerson drew on Goethe ' s theory of
the Ur - Pflanze ( recognition of the leaf form throughout nature ) , as described in
W 10 : 338 . Emerson ' s idea of “ Each - in - All , ” in which " the totality of nature ...
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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