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 influence of the forms and actions in nature is so needful to man , that , in its
lowest functions , it seems to lie on the confines of commodity and beauty . To the
body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company , nature ...
Presently we pass to some other object , which rounds itself into a whole as did
the first ; for example a well - laid garden ; and nothing seems worth doing but the
laying out of gardens . I should think fire the best thing in the world , if I were not ...
Because a true and natural man contains and is the same truth which an
eloquent man articulates ; but in the eloquent man , because he can articulate it ,
it seems something the less to reside , and he turns to these silent beautiful with
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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