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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But our wiser years still run back to the despised recollections of childhood , and
always we are fishing up some wonderful article out of that pond ; until by and by
we begin to suspect that the biography of the one foolish person we know is , in ...
I think you have written a wonderful book which will last a very long time . I see
that you have created a history , which the world will own to be such . You have
recognized the existence of other persons than officers & of other relations than ...
Concord , Massachusetts 21 July 1855 Dear Sir , I am not blind to the worth of the
wonderful gift of “ Leaves of Grass . " I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit &
wisdom that America has yet contributed . I am very happy in reading it , as ...
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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