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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 6: marriage and life at Brunswick (search)
rary now lie before me, dingy and time-worn, with her name in varying handwriting from the early Mary S. Potter to the later Mary S. P. Longfellow. They show many marked passages and here and there a quotation. The collection begins with Miss Edgeworth's Harry and Lucy; then follow somewhat abruptly Sabbath Recreations, by Miss Emily Taylor, and The Wreath, a selection of elegant poems from the best authors, —these poems including the classics of that day, Beattie's Minstrel, Blair's Grave, Gray's Elegy, Goldsmith's Traveller, and some lighter measures from Campbell, Moore, and Burns. The sombre muse undoubtedly predominated, but on the whole the book was not so bad an elementary preparation for the training of a poet's wife. It is a touching accidental coincidence that one of the poems most emphatically marked is one of the few American poems in these volumes, Bryant's Death of the Flowers, especially the last verse, which describes a woman who died in her youthful beauty. To the
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 7: the corner stone laid (search)
h book has received a warning, or there are two Richmonds in the field. Literary history hardly affords a better instance of the direct following of a model by a younger author than one can inspect by laying side by side a page of the first number of Outre-Mer and a page of the Sketch Book, taking in each case the first American editions. Irving's books were printed by C. S. Van Winkle, New York, and Longfellow's by J. Griffin, Brunswick, Maine; the latter bearing the imprint of Hilliard, Gray & Co., Boston, and the former of the printer only. Yet the physical appearance of the two sets of books is almost identical; the typography, distribution into chapters, the interleaved titles of these chapters, and the prefix to each chapter of a little motto, often in a foreign language. It must be remembered that the Sketch Book, like Outre-Mer, was originally published in numbers; and besides all this the literary style of Longfellow's work was at this time so much like that of Irving t
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 8: appointment at Harvard and second visit to Europe (search)
ling your attention once more to the subject of our last conversation? I feel it important that I should be regularly appointed before sailing for Europe. Otherwise I present myself as any private individual whatever. But if I go as one of your professors, I carry with me in that very circumstance my best letter of recommendation. It gives me a character—and a greater claim to attention abroad, than I can otherwise take with me. Judge Story is ready to consent to this arrangement—so is Mr. Gray—so is Mr. Ticknor. If you could bring the subject once more before the corporation, I think the objections suggested by you when I saw you this morning will be found to give way before the good results, which I think may be reasonably anticipated from change in your vote where respectfully suggested. Very respect'y yr Obe Ser.t Henry W. Longfellow. Harvard College Papers, 2d ser. VII. 1. Boston, Jan. 1, 1834. [Error for 1835.] Hon. Josiah Quincy: Sir,—Placing entire confidence i
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 22: Westminster Abbey (search)
e question why such a one is not here. I think that on this occasion I should express the united feeling of the whole English-speaking race in confirming the choice which has been made,—the choice of one whose name is dear to them all, who has inspired their lives and consoled their hearts, and who has been admitted to the fireside of all of them as a familiar friend. Nearly forty years ago I had occasion, in speaking of Mr. Longfellow, to suggest an analogy between him and the English poet Gray; and I have never since seen any reason to modify or change that opinion. There are certain very marked analogies between them, I think. In the first place, there is the same love of a certain subdued splendor, not inconsistent with transparency of diction; there is the same power of absorbing and assimilating the beauties of other literature without loss of originality; and, above all, there is that genius, that sympathy with universal sentiments and the power of expressing them so that t
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
Wolfgang von, 64, 92, 112, 234, 289; his Werther, mentioned, 120; quoted, 233. Goldsmith, Oliver, 50, 62. Goodrich, Samuel G., 72; his Recollections of a Lifetime, mentioned, 74. Gorges, Thomas, 131. Gongora, Luis de, 68. Gothenburg, 97, 101-103. Gottingen, 52. Gower, Sir, Ronald, his My Reminiscences quoted, 279-281. Graham, Mr., 158. Graham's Magazine, 164, 193. Grant, General Ulysses S., 6. Granville, Earl, 254; offers Longfellow bust to the Dean, 250, 251. Gray, J. C., 86. Gray, Thomas, 62, 252. Great Britain, 8. Greece, 31, 33. Green, Priscilla, 210. Green, Samuel S., 118 note. Greene, George W., 72, 74, 113,148; his Life of Nathanael Greene, quoted, 53, 54; Longfellow writes to, 57, 59, 67, 244. Greenleaf, Mrs. Mary (Longfellow), 92. Griffin, J., 69. Griswold, Rufus W., his Correspondence, cited, 143 note, 145 note, 168 note, 192 note. Grosvenor, Edwin A., 3. Gustavus III., 95, 96. Gustavus IV., 96. Habersham, Henry N. 119.