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 development of these theories of art was accompanied by changes in the
methods of criticism : from “ judicial ” analysis and moral judgment to aesthetic
and organic concerns . “ Judicial criticism ” was a mode that Emerson outgrew .
On this level , “ the literary man in this country has no critic , ” Emerson noted in
1836 . Ten years later , he remarked that “ criticism is in its infancy ” in accounting
for a genius such as Milton . Criticism must also become aware of the cultural ...
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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