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 was , as I remember , unable to tell directly what made him happy or unhappy
, but by wonderful indirections he could tell . He rose one day , according to his
habit , before the dawn , and saw the morning break , grand as the eternity out of
... perishes in a drift within a few feet of his cottage door , is an emblem of the
state of man . On the brink of the waters of life and truth , we are miserably dying .
The inaccessibleness of every thought but that we are in , is wonderful . What if
But our wiser years still run back to the despised recollections of childhood , and
always we are fishing up some wonderful article out of that pond ; until by and by
we begin to suspect that the biography of the one foolish person we know is , in ...
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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