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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Inner perception depends on an integrative “ identity " or knowing “ from within , ”
an “ interpenetration ” that involves the whole man . Also very influential on the
young Emerson was Sampson Reed ' s “ Observations on the Growth of the Mind
Each mind has its own method . ... The walls of rude minds are scrawled all over
with facts , with thoughts . ... and thinking of other men , and especially of those
classes whose minds have not been subdued by the drill of school education .
Certainly it is heaven upon earth to have a man ' s mind move in charity , rest in
Providence and turn upon the poles of truth . ” How profound the observation in
this passage ! “ This same truth is a naked and open daylight that doth not show ...
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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