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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Yet a sixth relationship permeates Emerson ' s thinking about literature : the epic
Universal or Sublime in human experience . Emerson , of course , was not alone
in believing that the highest values and truths transcend time , history ...
Art must transmute experience , however plain or commonplace , into universal
truth and stimulate the appreciator to a sense of the " universal relation , ” the
dynamic flow of life . Art and science should integrate beauty with use through "
The poet is like a marble fountain into and out of which the waters flow in a
process of “ universal receiving ” and “ universal giving . ” Thus , because truth is
ever present in the world , the simple lover of truth will not trouble himself with the
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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