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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Short studies of American authors 23 11 Browse Search
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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life 4 0 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises 3 1 Browse Search
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 2 2 Browse Search
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vulgarity of American manners are undeniable, and that redemption is only to be expected by the work of a few enthusiastic individuals, conscious of cultivated tastes and generous desires ; or, as these enthusiasts are presently called by the writer, rather highly civilized individuals, a few in each of our great cities and their environs. The Boston newspaper observes, with a good deal of point, that it is from these exceptional enthusiasts that the heroes of the tales of Mr. James and Mr. Howells seem to be recruited. It shrewdly describes them as people who spend more than half their life in Europe, and return only to scold their agents for the smallness of their remittances ; and protests that such people will have, and can have, no perceptible influence for good on the real civilization of America. Then our Boston friend turns to me again, says that it is vulgar people from the large cities who have given Mr. Arnold his dislike of American manners, and adds, that if it should
60. 92,764.Tuttle, July 20, 1869. 17,295.Popenhausen et al., May 12, 1857. Vul′can-ite-flask. An iron box for holding a denture while being exposed to the heat of a vulcanizer. Vulcanizing flask. Flask for dental vulcanite-mold. The flask is formed in three parts. The teeth are set in the central part, and the others contain the dies for pressing the rubber into shape. The parts are attached together by bolts. Vulcanizing Flasks and Molds. No.Name and Date. 39,481.Howells, Aug. 11, 1863. 30,787.Hayward, Nov. 27, 1860. 84,209.Moulton, Nov. 17, 1868. 105,971.Osgood, Aug. 2, 1870. 139,579.Hopkins, June 3, 1873. 115,207.Hotchkiss et al., May 23, 1871. 91,134.Hurd, June 8, 1869. 140,494.Gately, July 1, 1873. 22,976.Putnam, Feb. 15, 1859. 28,428.Warren, May 2, 1860. 53.667.Peer, April 3, 1866. 52,107.Wood, Jan. 16, 1866. 79,816.Edson, July 14, 1868. 35,821.Hayes, July 8, 1862. 73,326.Hayes, Jan. 14, 1868. 36,146.Franklin, Aug 12, 1862. 97,266.Banig
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 3: Girlhood at Cambridge. (1810-1833.) (search)
n Margaret Fuller had direct instruction; but she was, at any rate, formed in a society which was itself formed by their presence. And, since young people are trained quite as much by each other as by their elders, it was fortunate that Margaret Fuller found among the young men who were her contemporaries some companions well worth having. She went into society, as has been seen, very early — far too early. The class with which she may be said to have danced through college — to adopt Howells's phrase-was that of 1829, which has been made, by the wit and poetry of Holmes, the most eminent class that ever left Harvard. With Holmes she was not especially intimate, though they had been school-mates; but with two of the most conspicuous members of the class — William Henry Channing and James Freeman Clarke-she formed a life-long friendship, and they became her biographers. Another of these biographersthe Rev. Frederick Henry Hedge, her townsman -knew her also at this period, thoug<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 19: personal traits. (search)
this is said after reading many hundred pages of her letters and journals. They are clearly written, in a hand quite peculiar, not a little formal, and as it were jointed rather than flowing, and not greatly varying throughout her whole life. She is always clear in style where she takes pains to be clear, is even business-like where she aims at that, and knows how to make herself emphatic without the aid of underscoring; indeed she abstains from this to an extent which would quite amaze Mr. Howells. To be sure, she was not at all one of those charming, helpless, inconsequent creatures whom he so exquisitely depicts; she demanded a great deal from life, but generally knew what she wanted, stated it effectively, and at last obtained it. It was indeed fortunate for her younger brothers and sisters that she was of this constitution. She lived at a time when life in America was hard for all literary people, from the absence of remuneration, the small supply of books, the habit of jealo
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 8 (search)
en into a well, and whom the collected ladders and ropes of the neighborhood could not extract, was heard shouting from the depths of the earth, Why don't you send for Miss Kent, you fools? The arrival of Miss Kent set everything working smoothly; and so it always is when maiden aunts arrive. The lady from Philadelphia, in Miss Lucretia Hale's Peterkin stories, who always got that luckless family out of all perplexities, was unquestionably a maiden aunt. The party stranded in mid-air, in Howells's Elevator, would undoubtedly have been rescued by a maiden aunt had not the author-with his well-known severity towards women-shut up his aunt Mary in the elevator itself, where she could only request her silly niece not to be a goose. Even in this, we perceive, is the utility of maiden aunts vindicated. It might seem, as we look around at these priceless relatives, as if there were a good many of them in the world, but in reality there are far too few. Their ranks are so easily deple
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, X. The flood-tide of youth. (search)
er's happiness, the last and most blessed of all Heaven's gifts to man. You have a thousand advantages over your venerable relative who stands, an unobserved wall-flower, behind you; but he has one vast advantage that you cannot share: he can partake in imagination of every thrill of your happiness, for he has had it all; but you cannot comprehend an atom of his, for you have not come to it. As he watches his daughter or his favorite niece with divided emotions in the ballroom — enraged, as Howells says, when she has not a partner, and jealous when she has — he still has a pleasure that he would not, on the whole, exchange for yours. Your enjoyments are more ardent, it may be, but his have wider range, for they represent the whole genial sympathy of matured existence. And beyond all this-and still more utterly beyond the comprehension of the young — is that sense of wealth and inherent resources in the human race which we obtain from watching this incessant tide. What the indivi<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 12 (search)
uragement as a copyist. These occupations are always crowded; but if you have a special gift it is likely to lie in some line where, if the demand be less, there is also less competition. As civilization advances, arts and accomplishments develop. I can remember the time when there was hardly a teacher of gymnastics in America who was not an ignorant and vulgar pugilist, whereas such instruction now is an occupation for educated men and women. What I mean to urge is that the very gifts which are considered ornamental may often be utilized if combined with energy and ingenuity; and that for this purpose those who have known better days possess a real advantage in a circle of acquaintance ready-made and willing to aid them, and also in the acquired manners which make their work attractive. It always seemed to me that the impoverished heroine of Mr. Howells's A woman's reason would not have had quite so hard a struggle in real life as that with which his ingenuity has provided her.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 20 (search)
nably the local population. It is rare to go into any school-house of a country town in New England, and not see some one child who has a genuine and winning gracefulness of manner. She may be of foreign parentage or she may be descended from those who came in the Mayflower; she may have inaccuracies of speech, and these may or may not add to her naive attractions; but the type is there, and it will be recognized by every observant person in connection with our Eastern and Middle States. Howells rarely deals with it-his Lydia Blood comes the nearest to it, but it is unquestionably there, and the effect of its presence, even as exhibited among children, is to make the rural life of New England far more attractive than our novelists usually paint it. Rusticity, on the whole, fares well in English literature. When we think of it as depicted by Shakespeare, we think less of his dull or vulgar Audreys and Mopsas than of Miranda and Perdita. Both these last heroines represent a life
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 28 (search)
is story of a very celebrated English general. The military hero was once dining with Mr. S-- , when a stray mouse was seen running to and fro, looking for a hiding-place. With one spring the general was on his chair; with another, on the table. Amid much laughter the host rose and proceeded in the direction of the mouse. Oh! Stop, S- , shouted the man of war; for Heaven's sake don't exasperate him! The exasperated mouse and the intimidated beholders are still on duty, it seems, in Mr. Howells's good-natured farce, The mouse-trap; but the lions are the painters, and the sex is conveniently changed. Every woman who comes into the room in his little drama takes more or less gracefully to chair or table, when the mouse is announced; and even the Irish domestic follows them, though I have generally found Bridget ready to enforce home rule vigorously on such intruders by the aid of a pair of tongs. The only person in the tale who is not frightened is a man, and he is not severely
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 31 (search)
it is the men, not the women, who have taken up Miss Austen's work, while the women show more inclination, if not to the big bow-wow style of Scott, at least to the novel of plot and narrative. Anthony Trollope among the lately dead, James and Howells among the living, are the lineal successors of Miss Austen. Perhaps it is an old-fashioned taste which leads me to think that neither of these does his work quite so well as she ; but they all belong to the same photographic school; each sets ut the really great novel includes the creation of character, and does not stop there; for after all one asks, What is the use of the finest delineation of persons if they do nothing worth doing after they are created? The trouble with James and Howells seems to be that they expend all their strength in the masterly construction of marionettes; and after these little personages are so real that they seem as good as alive they are made to do nothing more than throw their arms and legs about a wh
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