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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A man ' s power to connect his thought with its proper symbol , and so to utter it ,
depends on the simplicity of his character , that is , upon his love of truth and his
desire to communicate it without loss . The corruption of man is followed by the ...
Every thought is also a prison ; every heaven is also a prison . Therefore we love
the poet , the inventor , who in any form , whether in an ode or in an action or in
looks and behavior , has yielded us a new thought . He unlocks our chains and ...
The constructive intellect produces thoughts , sentences , poems , plans , designs
... It is the advent of truth into the world , a form of thought now for the first time
bursting into the universe , a child of the old eternal soul , a piece of genuine and
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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