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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He shall then know that there is somewhat more blessed and great in hearing
than in speaking . Happy is the hearing ... When Socrates speaks , Lysis and
Menexenus ' are afflicted by no shame that they do not speak . They also are
Speak with the vulgar , think with the wise . See how Plato managed it , with an
imagination so gorgeous , and a taste so patrician , that Jove , if he descended ,
was to speak in his style . Into the exquisite refinement of his Academy , he ...
It is the burden of society , that very few men have sufficient strength of mind to
speak of any truth or sentiment and hardly even of facts and persons clean of any
reference to themselves and their personal history . But the wise man and much ...
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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