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 is the true and only doctor [ learned man ) ; he knows and tells ; he is the only
teller of news , for he was present and privy to the appearance which he
describes . He is a beholder of ideas and an utterer of the necessary and causal .
For we ...
It is a rule of largest application , true in a plant , true in a loaf of bread , that in the
construction of any fabric or organism any real increase of fitness to its end is an
increase of beauty . The lesson taught by the study of Greek and of Gothic art ...
It is true , this is not the only nor the obvious lesson it teaches . A selfish
commerce and government have caught the eye and usurped the hand of the
masses . It is not to be contested that selfishness and the senses write the laws
under which ...
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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