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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For as it is dislocation and detachment from the life of God that makes things ugly
, the poet , who re - attaches things to nature and the Whole , - re - attaching even
artificial things and violation of nature , to nature , by a deeper insight ...
is organic , or the new type which things themselves take when liberated . As , in
the sun , objects paint their images on the retina of the eye , so they , sharing the
aspiration of the whole universe , tend to paint a far more delicate copy of their ...
There must be a man behind the book ; a personality which by birth and quality is
pledged to the doctrines there set forth , and which exists to see and state things
so , and not otherwise ; holding things because they are things . If he can not ...
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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