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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XV: journeys (search)
er Taylor's M. P.—the author . . . . I saw people there who are quite American in their sympathies—Miss Helen Taylor, Mill's adopted daughter, being most interesting and more French than English in the grace and sweetness of her manners. At the Voltaire Centenary in Paris, Colonel Higginson heard Victor Hugo speak and was much struck with the storm of enthusiasm which greeted him. Another interesting event of this visit to France was a fortunate meeting with Tourguenieff; and he found Louis Blanc a most delightful little man. His impressions of these distinguished men are preserved in Cheerful Yesterdays. At a French Prison Reform meeting he found he could get on in the general French Committee work well enough, but as for two excited Frenchmen talking to one another, it is like interpreting heat lightning. But Colonel Higginson had a natural aptitude for acquiring languages, and on his first arrival at Paris he wrote: French came to me like a flash and I interpreted for stray
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, XVI: the crowning years (search)
e. In 1900, he began a Life of Longfellow for the American Men of Letters series, and in 1902 wrote a biography of Whittier, recording in July, Have worked for ten days on Whittier—averaging 1000 words daily. The French writer, Th. Bentzon (Mme. Blanc), after visiting this country in the nineties, wrote an account of Colonel Higginson which was translated with the inapt title, A Typical American. The 1902 diary says:— Received proof of A Typical American, by Madame Blanc; a London trMadame Blanc; a London translation into English sent me for revision. I regard this as the greatest honor of my life, in a literary way—--to be treated so fully in the Revue des Deux Mondes by so able and so distinguished a woman and then to have it fully translated and published in London. Of course it gratified me, even if sometimes overstated and undeserved, gratified more than such pleasant personal tributes as those of Justin McCarthy, Tom Hughes, and others in their books of reminiscences. In February of t<
argaret Waldo. Barney, Wentworth Higginson, grandson of T. W. H., 394. Bartol, Rev. Cyrus A., honors Higginson, 148, 149. Beecher, Henry Ward, described, 97; account of, 131, 321; later impression of, 309, 310. Bentzon, Madame, Th. (Mme. Blanc), writes A Typical American, 386, 387. Bernhardt, Sarah, Higginson first sees, 342, 343. Besant, Mrs., Annie, trial of, 329, 330. Bigelow, Mrs. Ella H., edits sonnets with Higginson, 319. Blanc, Louis, 340. Book and Heart, 386, 421Blanc, Louis, 340. Book and Heart, 386, 421. Boston Authors' Club, 315, 391, 399. Boston Radical Club, 267, 268. Bradlaugh, Charles, Higginson hears, 324; and Besant trial, 330. Bridgman, Laura, account of, 97. Brook Farm, described, 49. Brown, Rev., Antoinette, 134, 135. Brown, John, 204: Higginson first meets, 190; plans postponed, 191-93; imprisonment, 193; attempt to secure counsel for, 193, 194; John Brown Collection of Letters, 194; proposed rescue of, 194; A Visit to John Brown's Household, 194, 195, 408; reveng