Rotten Reviews: Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A hoary-headed and toothless baboon.”

Thomas Carlyle, Collected Works 1871

“Belongs to a class of gentlemen with whom whe have no patience whatever–the mystics for mysticism’s sake. The best answer to his twaddle is cui bono?–a very little Latin phrase very generally mistranslated and misunderstood–cui bono? to whom is it a benefit. If not to Mr. Emerson generally, then surely to no man.

Edgar Allan Poe, in a chapter of autobiography 1842

Excerpted from: Barnard, Andre, and Bill Henderson, eds. Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1998.

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