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Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters 6 0 Browse Search
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ott Spofford and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, women with nerves; and finally the three artists who have written, out of the material offered by a decadent New England, as perfect short stories as France or Russia can produce-Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary Wilkins Freeman, and Alice Brown. These gifted writers portrayed, with varying technique and with singular differences in their instinctive choice of material, the dominant qualities of an isolated, in-bred race, still proud in its decline; still inquisi preferred to touch graciously the sunnier slopes of this provincial temperament, to linger in its ancient dignities and serenities. Miss Brown has shown the pathos of its thwarted desires, its hunger for a beauty and a happiness denied. Mary Wilkins Freeman revealed its fundamental tragedies of will. Two of the best known writers of New England fiction in this period were not natives of the soil, though they surpassed most native New Englanders in their understanding of the type. They wer
Ferdinand and Isabella, history of the Reign of, Prescott 179 Fiction of the 20th century, 261-262 Fire of Driftwood, the, Longfellow 156 First Snowfall, the, Lowell 172 Flood of years, the, Bryant 106 Forest Hymn, a, Bryant 106 Franklin, Benjamin, born (1706), 44; attitude toward church, 44; exponent of New England life, 45; life and writings, 52-59; conducts Courant, 61; activity in Philadelphia, 61-62; letter from Washington to, 78-79; typically American, 265 Freeman, Mary Wilkins, 249, 250 Freneau, Philip, 69, 70-72 Frontenac, Parkman 185 Frost, Robert, 258 Fugitive slave act, 144 Fuller, Margaret, 119, 140-41 Garrison, W. L., 89-90, 137, 159, 208, 217-18 Gettysburg address, Lincoln 230-231 Gilded age, the, Clemens 237-238 God glorified in man's Dependence, Edwards 50 Gold Bug, the, Poe 193 Gookin, Daniel, 38 Greeley, Horace, 217-18 Greenslet, Ferris, 169 Hale, E. E., 224 Half-century of conflict, a, Parkman 185 Halleck, Fi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, XXIV. a half-century of American literature (1857-1907) (search)
the writers of prose fiction. Of these younger authors, we have in America such men as Winston Churchill, Robert Grant, Hamlin Garland, Owen Wister, Arthur S. Pier, and George Wasson; any one of whom may at any moment surprise us by doing something better than the best he has before achieved. The same promise of a high standard is visible in women, among whom may be named not merely those of maturer standing, as Harriet Prescott Spofford, who is the leader, but her younger sisters, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Edith Wharton, and Josephine Preston Peabody. The drama also is advancing with rapid steps, and is likely to be still more successful in such hands as those of William Vaughn Moody, Ridgely Torrence, and Percy McKaye. The leader of English dramatic criticism, William Archer, found within the last year, as he tells us, no less than eight or nine notable American dramas in active representation on the stage, whereas eight years earlier there was but one. Similar signs of promise a