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Raphael Semmes, Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States 43 1 Browse Search
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national life seemed in 1770 an unspeakable error and calamity. The seventeenth-century colonists were predominantly English, in blood, in traditions, and in impulses. Whether we look at Virginia or Plymouth or at the other colonies that were petween the death of Elizabeth in 1603 and the Revolution of 1688. In this distracted time who could say what was really English ? Was it James the First or Raleigh? Archbishop Laud or John Cotton? Charles the First or Cromwell? Charles the Seconhing is gained, then, by remembering that the racial instincts and traditions of the first colonists were overwhelmingly English, and that their political and ethical views were the product of a turbulent and distraught time, it is even more importas practically illimitable, but he showed a very English tenacity in safeguarding his hold upon his own portion. Very English, likewise, was his attachment to the old country as home. The lighter and the more serious writings of the colonists ar
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 3: the third and fourth generation (search)
for a while in Ulster before emigrating to America. About one-third of the colonists in 1760, says Professor Channing, were born outside of America. Crevecceur's Letters from an American farmer thus defined the Americans: They are a mixture of English, Scotch, Irish, French, Dutch, Germans, and Swedes. From this promiscuous breed that race now called Americans has arisen. The Atlantic seaboard, with a narrow strip inland, was fairly well covered by local communities, differing in blood, in religion, in political organization-a congeries of separate experiments or young utopias, waiting for that most utopian experiment of all, a federal union. But the dominant language of the promiscuous breed was English, and in the few real centers of intellectual life the English tradition was almost absolute. The merest glance at colonial journalism will confirm this estimate. The Boston news-letter, begun in 1704, was the first of the journals, if we omit the single issue of Publick Occu
the art of fiction can forget the absolute seriousness of his professional devotion; it was as though a shy celebrant were to turn and explain, with mystical intensity and a mystic's involution and reversal of all the values of vulgar speech, the ceremonial of some strange, high altar. His own power as a creative artist was not always commensurate with his intellectual endowment or with his desire after beauty, and his frank contempt for the masses of men made it difficult for him to write English. He preferred, as did Browning, who would have liked to reach the masses, a dialect of his own, and he used it increasingly after he was fifty. It was a dialect capable of infinite gradations of tone, endless refinements of expression. In his threescore books there are delicious poignant moments where the spirit of life itself flutters like a wild creature, half-caught, halfescaping. It is for the beauty and thrill of these moments that the pages of Henry James will continue to be cher
fter the Burial, Lowell 172 Agassiz, Fiftieth birthday of, Longfellow 156 Age of reason, Paine 75 Ages, the, Bryant 104 Alcott, Bronson, 118, 119, 139-140 Aldrich, T. B., 256-57 Alhambra, the, Irving 91 Allen, J. L., 247 American Anthology, Stedman 256 American characteristics, 8-5 American colonies, literature in the 17th century, 25-42; journalism, 60-62; education, 62-63; science, 63-64; bibliography of the literature, 269-270 American colonists, predominantly English, 12-25; motives for emigration, 16; moulded by pioneer life, 17-23; in 1760, 59-60 American idea, 206-207 American life since the Civil War, 234 et seq. American literature, the term, 6 American Mercury, 61 American scholar, the, Emerson 123 Ames, Fisher, 88 Among my books, Lowell 170 Andrew Rykman's Prayer, Whittier 161 Annabel Lee, Poe 192 Anthologies, American, 269 Arsenal at Springfield, the, Longfellow 156 Assignation, the, Poe 193 Astoria, Irving 9