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 the generous portion devoted to Goethe in “ Thoughts on Modern Literature ” (
Part IV ) , Goethe is seen as a representative of the age in his love of fact , truth ,
and Nature , and in his subjectiveness and “ deep realism . ” Yet , Emerson ...
By trusting it to the end , it shall ripen into truth and you shall know why you
believe . Each mind has its own method . A true man never acquires after college
rules . What you have aggregated in a natural manner surprises and delights
when it ...
For the truth was in us before it was reflected to us from natural objects ; and the
profound genius will cast the likeness of all creatures into every product of his wit
. But if the constructive powers are rare and it is given to few men to be poets ...
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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