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The Daily Dispatch: July 21, 1863., [Electronic resource] 6 2 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 30 (search)
scouraging thing about almost all letters of this class, that they are so rarely accompanied by any sign of personal humility. What the most successful writers have won by years of early study, followed by other years of incessant practice, these aspirants expect to gain at a grasp. The very letter from which the above quotation is given contained eleven misspellings, so little attention had been given by the writer to the very rudiments. Like the country girl who came to consult Mrs. Fanny Kemble Butler about her career as an elocutionist, and explained frankly that what she wanted was not to learn how to read in public, but how to get her audiences together, so these mistaken persons are looking out for external success, when they should be busy with the training that leads to it. What success commonly stands for is this, that a writer has either done really good work-work excellent in itself-or else has done the kind of work that the public demands, good or bad. This last is
Another Beecher Stowed. The London Athenæum applauds, in terms of extravagant eulogy, a book which Mrs. Fanny Kemble Butler has published against the South. The Athenæum says Mrs. Butler went to the South willing to judge slavery fairly, but tMrs. Butler went to the South willing to judge slavery fairly, but the scenes of oppression and cruelty she witnessed were too much for her, and she had to return to the North. Her book, in the opinion of the Athenæum plays havoc with Southern chivalry and with Southern women, and even throws into the shade Mrs. Ha many years ago, (we do not like to say how many, for gallantry would forbid us to intimate even indirectly that Mrs. Fanny Kemble Butler is an old woman,) seeing the popular Fanny Kemble when she first appeared upon the boards in the United States. mparison with the anti slavery bigotry and intolerance manifested by the London Athenæum in its comments on her book. Mrs. Butler has spent most of her life in Yankeedom, and never, since she left the stage, has been considered a person whose sayi