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Yvor Winters's book In Defense of Reason (1947, combining critical essays from three earlier books) contains very strong criticism of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Early in the book, he criticises Romanticism in general: The Romantics, however, although they offer a relatively realistic view of the power of literature, offer a fallacious and dangerous view of the ...


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According to Hyatt Howe Wagoner's book, Emerson as Poet, ... the crucial fact about Emerson for Winters is that, as he says quite truly, “Emerson was the most influential preacher to appear in America after Edwards.” Unfortunately for later Americans, Winters thought, the content of Emerson's preaching was not just vacuous but pernicious, as Hart Crane's ...


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