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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book 80 0 Browse Search
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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 28 0 Browse Search
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ge Hoar, and said, Don't forget my Civil-rights Bill. Observing Mr. Hooper near him, he exclaimed, My book! My book is not finished. Later in the day he moaned, I am so tired! I am so tired! and, when Judge Hoar brought him a message from Mr. Emerson, he said, Tell Emerson I love him and revere him. Yes, I will tell him, replied the judge; for he says you have the largest heart of any man alive. The judge soon afterward took his hand; and at ten minutes before three o'clock, P. M., MarchEmerson I love him and revere him. Yes, I will tell him, replied the judge; for he says you have the largest heart of any man alive. The judge soon afterward took his hand; and at ten minutes before three o'clock, P. M., March 11, 1874, Charles Sumner ceased to breathe. The news spread instantaneously over the nation; and millions were in tears. No death since that of Abraham Lincoln had so touched the hearts of the American people. Congress had already adjourned. On Friday, March 13, it assembled to pay tribute of profound respect to the departed senator. The obsequies were simple but impressive. The body of Mr. Sumner, embalmed and enclosed in a massive casket, on which had been placed a wreath of white az
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Dr. W. T. G. Morton (search)
Doctor Jackson should have attacked Doctor Morton's private life (which appears to have been fully as commendable as his own), and also that R. W. Emerson should have entered the lists in favor of his brother-in-law. In one of his later books Emerson designates Doctor Jackson as the discoverer of etherization. This was setting his own judgment above that of the legal and medical professions, and even above the French Academy; but Emerson had lived so long in intuitions and poetical conceptsEmerson had lived so long in intuitions and poetical concepts that he was not a fairly competent person to judge of a matter of fact. It is doubtful if he made use of the inductive method of reasoning during his life. Doctor Morton sought legal advice in regard to the infringement of his patent rights; but he found that legal proceedings in such cases were very expensive, and was counselled to apply to Congress for redress and assistance. This seemed to him a good plan, for if he could exchange his rights in etherization for a hundred thousand dolla
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 1: old Cambridge (search)
ch oftener seen. Even Concord, in spite of its soothing name, did not always exhibit among its literary men that relation of unbroken harmony which marked the three most eminent of those here classed as Cambridge authors. It is well known that Emerson distrusted the sombre tone of Hawthorne's writings and advised young people not to read them; and that Judge Hoar, Emerson's inseparable friend, could conceive of no reason why any one should wish to see Thoreau's Journals published. Among the Emerson's inseparable friend, could conceive of no reason why any one should wish to see Thoreau's Journals published. Among the Knickerbocker circles in New York it seems to have been still worse, Cooper the novelist, says Parke Godwin, always brought a breeze of quarrel with him. Cooper wrote thus to Rufus W. Griswold (August 7, 1842): A published eulogy of myself from Irving's pen could not change my opinion of his career .... Cuvier has the same faults as Irving, and so had Scott. They were all meannesses, and I confess I can sooner pardon crimes, if they are manly ones. I have never had any quarrel with Mr. Irvi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 2: old Cambridge in three literary epochs (search)
iversity was held, and four young clergymen — Emerson, Hedge, Ripley, and Putnam-had an almost casua dozen men exhaust our list of contributors; Emerson, Hedge, Miss Fuller, Ripley, [W. H.] Channingn, Hedge and Miss Fuller were Cambridge born; Emerson and Channing had resided in Cambridge with th from this source. He also introduced her to Emerson, who had then removed from Cambridge to Concopening address, The editors to the reader, by Emerson, An essay on critics, by Margaret Fuller,--bo for instance, of the power now attributed to Emerson being really the unconscious result of the t, so one sees to this day phrases credited to Emerson which really belonged to Alcott or Parker or lse which was harvested later at the house of Emerson in Concord, whither he removed in 1834, havins meeting (May 5), when he dined in town with Emerson, Lowell, Motley, Holmes, Cabot, Underwood, anh, 45; C. E. Norton, 44; N. S. Shaler, 32; R. W. Emerson, 29; Henry James, Sr., 19; W. W. Story, 17[2 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 3: Holmes (search)
an literature, calling Jean Paul, in one poem, a German-Silver Spoon. The later influence of Emerson, and in some degree of Lowell, tended to diminish some of these antagonisms, and certainly nothing could be more felicitous than his delineation of Emerson as an iconoclast who took down our idols so gently that it seemed like an act of worship. The Civil War on the one side and some tilts asyllable verse; in his unwillingness to substitute dactyls for spondees; and in his comments on Emerson's versification, which remind one of those of Johnson on Milton. He has a great aversion to whline. He says, for instance, Can any ear reconcile itself to the last of these three lines of Emerson's: Oh, what is heaven but the fellowship Of minds that each can stand against the world By cultivated men, but none of the more strenuous reformers of its day, however brilliant, except Emerson and occasionally Sumner and Howe. Edmund Quincy and James Freeman Clarke were not admitted unt
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 4: Longfellow (search)
eer of great success was really only beginning. The authors who had then made such successes were, as usual, those now forgotten, a good type of these being a certain Professor J. H. Ingraham of whom Longfellow justly says, I think he may say that he writes the worst novels ever written by anybody, though he got twelve hundred dollars for each of them, and wrote twenty a year. As time went on, Longfellow's poems were financially more profitable than some which were profounder, as those of Emerson; and probably no American poet has been on the whole so well repaid in money, popularity, and in at least temporary fame. How permanent is to be the fame of any poet can never be predicted by his contemporaries. He undoubtedly shared with Carlyle, whose miscellaneous essays were first collected and edited during this period by Charles Stearns Wheeler, another Cambridge instructor, the function of interpreting Germany to America. This he did first in Hyperion, and continued to do in his
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 5: Lowell (search)
what seemed a hard sentence, he had been suspended till after class day. I suppose the date must have been March or April [1838], but am not sure. The Class Poem was afterward printed anonymously, to which fact, perhaps, may be partly due its present scarcity and high price. It will always have an interest, not merely as Lowell's first serious poetic effort, but as indicating that curious conservatism of his mind — far beyond his father's — which led him to speak with aversion both of Emerson and of the abolitionists, afterward his friends. It gave him, however, a distinct feeling of having tried his wings in song, and of being destined thenceforth to that realm. It was a year or two after this that my elder brother, having lately returned from Calcutta, and having gone promptly to spend an evening with his old friend, came home with an astounding bit of information. Jimmie Lowell, he said,--this being his friend's usual appellation in those days,--thinks he is going to be a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Index (search)
harles, 181. Devens, S. A., 76. Dickens, Charles, 123. Dowse, Thomas, 18. Dunster, Pres., Henry, 5, 6. Dwight, J. S., 57, 58, 63, 137. Dwight, Prof., Thomas, 94, 96. Elder, William, 67. Eliot, Rev., John, 6. Eliot, Rev., Richard, 7. Emerson, R. W., 34, 53, 54, 57, 60, 62, 63, 64, 68, 70, 85, 86, 90, 91, 104, 139, 158, 166, 168, 169. Everett, Pres., Edward, 14, 27, 44, 117, 123. Everett, Dr., William, 17. Fayerweather, Thomas, 150. Felton, Prof. C. C., 44, 69, 123, 124, 128. Fieldsiography, 75; letter about engagement of his parents, 75; his letter in reply, 76; childhood, 77-81; letter of thanks for a reminiscence of his father, 81; early manhood, 82-84; medical practice and professorship, 84; lecturing, 85; influence of Emerson, 85-86; middle life, 86; success of The Autocrat, 86-87; as a talker, 88-90; literary opinions, 90-91; characteristics, 92-93; relations to science, 94-96; heresies, 96-98; Elsie Venner, 98; religion, 98-102; Little Boston, his favorite char
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Index (search)
he apostle of, 47; genesis of, 47, 48; 238. Emancipator, the, quoted, 148-150. Emerson, Edward W., quotes, 231. Emerson, R. W., on the relations of North and South, 18; his Phi Beta Kappa address (1835) and G.'s at Park St. Church (1829), compafe-work, 42, 43; edits Genius of Universal Emancipation, 43, 46; address at Park St. Church (1829) 43, 44, compared with Emerson's Phi Beta Kappa address, 43-45; difference between Emerson and, 45, 46, 219 if.; jailed at Baltimore for libel, 46, 47;Emerson and, 45, 46, 219 if.; jailed at Baltimore for libel, 46, 47; founds Liberator, 47; apostle of Immediate Emancipation, 47; reward offered forhisarrest,by Georgia Legislature, 48, 49, 256; and J. Q. Adams, 50; indicted in No. Carolina, 50; and Hayne, 53, 54; and the Liberator, 57; and the Colonization Society,if.; attitude of South toward, 187, 188; horrors of, discovered by Abolitionists, 188; complicity of churches with, 200; Emerson and, 228; history of, review, 253 if.; influence of, North and South, 254. And see Colonization Society, Crandall, P.,
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 4: the founding of the New York Tribune (search)
r we have published once. Thus the New Yorker is doomed for this week. Under this management the Tribune in its first year forged steadily ahead, winning more and more of the public attention, if not always of the public approval. Greeley's own energy was tireless, his editorial contributions averaging three columns a day. There was no valuable news that he was afraid to print, nothing evil in his view that he was afraid to combat. The transcendentalists of the Boston Dial, to which Emerson and Margaret Fuller contributed, had a hearing in his columns, and the doings of a Millerite convention found publication. Greeley himself reported a celebrated trial at Utica, sending in from four to nine columns a day. He aroused a warm discussion by characterizing the whole moral atmosphere of the theater as unwholesome, and refusing to urge his readers to attend dramatic performances, as we would be expected to if we were to solicit and profit by its advertising patronage. Greeley a
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