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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The poet does not wait for the hero or the sage , but , as they act and think
primarily , so he writes primarily what will and ... that we can penetrate into that
region where the air is music , we hear those primal warblings and attempt to
write them ...
An enumeration of the few principal weapons of the poet or writer will at once
suggest their value . Writing is the greatest of arts , the subtilest , and of most
miraculous effect ; and to it the education is costliest . On the writer the choicest ...
He is , therefore , a good example of the modernness of an old English writer . ...
Like Montaigne in this , that his subject cost him nothing , and he knew what he
spake of , and did not write up to it , but could write down ( a main secret ) , 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