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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Education, elementary. (search)
ds looked less to interesting the pupil than to disciplining the will in rational forms. Make the pupil familiar with self-sacrifice, make it a second nature to follow the behest of duty and heroically stifle selfish desires —this was their motto, expressed or implied. It was an education addressed primarily to the will. The new education is addressed to the feelings and desires. Its motto is: Develop the pupil through his desires and interests. Goethe preached this doctrine in his Wilhelm Meister. Froebel founded the kindergarten system on it. Colonel Parker's Quincy school experiment was, and his Cook County Normal School is, a centre for the promulgation of this idea. Those who advocate an extension of the system of elective studies in the colleges and its introduction even into secondary and elementary schools justify it by the principle of interest. It is noteworthy that this word interest is the watchword of the disciples of the Herbartian system of pedagogy. Herbart,
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Doctor Holmes. (search)
ddle-class domestic life, but in the contrasts and incongruities of a Boston boarding-house. He informs us at the outset that he much prefers a family with an ancestry-one that has had a judge or a governor in it, with old family portraits, old books and claw-footed furniture; but if Doctor Holmes had depended on such society for his material he would hardly have interested the public whom he addressed. One of Goethe's critics complained that the class of persons he had introduced in Wilhelm Meister did not belong to good society; and to this the aristocratic poet replied: I have often been in society called good, from which I have not been able to obtain an idea for the shortest poem. So it is always: the interesting person is the one who struggles. After the struggle is over, and prosperity commences, the moral ends,young Corey and his bride go off to Mexico. The lives of families are represented by those of its prominent individuals. The ambitious son of an old and wealthy
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Centennial Contributions (search)
necessity of helping out the painter's art with your own resources of sensibility and imagination. His cursory remarks on Raphael are not less pertinent and penetrating. Of technicalities he knew little, but no one, perhaps, has sounded such depths of that clairvoyant master's nature, and so brought to light the very soul of him. The Marble Faun may not be the most perfect of Hawthorne's works, but it is much the greatest,--an epic romance, which can only be compared with Goethe's Wilhelm Meister. Hawthorne and Hamlet: a reply to Professor Bliss Perry. To compare a person in real life with a character in fiction is not uncommon, but it is more conducive to solidity of judgment to compare the living with the living, and the imaginary with the imaginary. The chief difficulty, however, in Hamlet's case, is that he only appears before us as a person acting in an abnormal mental condition. The mysterious death of his father, the suspicion of his mother's complicity in cri
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 4: Longfellow (search)
ne; smoke a good deal; wear a broad-brimmed black hat, black frockcoat, a black cane. Molest no one. Dine out frequently. In winter go much into Boston society. This mention of the broad-brimmed black hat-now incredible — suggests the criticisms, still remembered in Cambridge, which were made upon Mr. Longfellow's youthful taste for becoming costume. He was undoubtedly thinking of himself when in Hyperion he made the Baron say to Paul Fleming, The ladies already begin to call you Wilhelm Meister, and they say that your gloves are a shade too light for a strictly virtuous man. He perhaps also thought of it when he wrote to Sumner, then in Europe, If you have any tendency to curl your hair and wear gloves, like Edgar in Lear, do it before your return. Even Mrs. Craigie, it is said, thought that he had somewhat too gay a look. Life of Longfellow by his brother, I. p. 246. He was viewed, it must be remembered, against a background of Harvard professors, whose costume did no
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), Standard and popular Library books, selected from the catalogue of Houghton, Mifflin and Co. (search)
Correspondence. I vol. 8vo, gilt top, $2.00. John Fiske. Myths and Mythmakers. 12mo, $2.00. Outlines of Cosmic Philosophy. 2 vols. 8vo, $600. The Unseen World, and other Essays. 12mo, $2.00. Goethe. Faust. Metrical Translation. By Rev. C. T. Brooks 16mo, $1.25. Faust. Translated into English Verse. By Bayard Taylor. 2 vols. royal 8vo, $9.00; cr. 8vo, $4.50; I vol. 12mo, $3.000 Correspondence with a Child. Portrait of Bettina Brentano. 12110, $1.50. Wilhelm Meister. Translated by Thomas Carlyle. Portrait of Goethe. 2 vols. 12mo, $3.00. Bret Harte. Works. New complete edition. 5 vols. 12mo, each $2.00. Poems. Household Edition. 12mo, $2.00. Nathaniel Hawthorne. Works. Little Classic Edition. Illustrated. 24 vols. 18mo, each $1.25 ; the set $30.00. Illustrated Library Edition. 13 vols. 12mo, per vol. $2.00. Fireside Edition. Illustrated. 13 vols. 16mo, the set, $21.00. New Gold Edition. 6 vols. 16mo, illustrated, the se
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, Literature as an art. (search)
symmetry suggested is always that of taste rather than of logic, though logic must be always implied, or at least never violated. In some of the greatest modern authors, however, there are limitations or drawbacks to this symmetry. Margaret Fuller said admirably of her favorite Goethe, that he had the artist's hand, but not the artist's love of structure; and in all his prose writings one sees a certain divergent and centrifugal habit, which completely overpowers him before the end of Wilhelm Meister, and shows itself even in the Elective affinities, which is, so far as I know, his most perfect prose work. In Emerson, again, one observes a similar defect; his unit of structure is the sentence, and the periods seem combined merely by the accident of juxtaposition. Each sentence is a pearl, and the whole essay is so much clipped from the necklace; but it is fastened at neither end, and the beads slip off; when you try to replace them, you find that they belong in one place as well
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, chapter 19 (search)
43, he finally left Gottingen for home by way of Belgium and England, and entered the Harvard Law School in the autumn, taking his degree there two years later, in 1845. Renewing acquaintance with him during this period, I found him to be, as always, modest and reticent in manner, bearing unconsciously a certain European prestige upon him, which so commanded the respect of a circle of young men that we gave him the sobriquet of Jarno, after the well-known philosophic leader in Goethe's Wilhelm Meister. Whatever he may say of himself, I cannot help still retaining somewhat of my old feeling about the mental training of the man who, while in the Law School, could write a paper so admirable as Cabot's essay entitled Immanuel Kant ( Dial, IV, 409), an essay which seems to me now, as it then seemed, altogether the simplest and most effective statement I have ever encountered of the essential principles of that great thinker's philosophy. I remember that when I told Cabot that I had bee
James Parton, The life of Horace Greeley, Chapter 30: Appearance—manners—habits. (search)
? Speaking of a certain well-known versifier, he said: He's a good fellow enough, but he can't write poetry, and if——had remained in Boston he would have killed him, he takes criticism so hard. As for me, I like a little opposition, I enjoy it, I can't understand the feeling of those thin-skinned people. I said I had been looking to see what books he preferred should lie on his table. I don't prefer, he said, I read no books. I have been trying for years to get a chance to read Wilhelm Meister, and other books. Was Goethe a dissolute man? To which I replied with a sweeping negative. This led the conversation to biography, and he remarked, How many wooden biographies there are about. They are of no use. There are not half a dozen good biographies in our language. You know what Carlyle says: I want to know what a man eats, what time he gets up, what color his stockings are? (His, on this occasion, were white, with a hole in each heel.) There's no use in any man's writing
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1, Chapter 4: girlhood 1839-1843; aet. 20-23 (search)
In her brother's library she found George Sand and Balzac, and read such books as he selected for her. In German she became familiar with Goethe, Jean Paul, and Matthias Claudius. She describes the sense of intellectual freedom derived from these studies as half delightful, half alarming. Mr. Ward one day had undertaken to read an English translation of Faust and came to her in great alarm. My daughter, he said, I hope that you have not read this wicked book! She had read it, and Wilhelm Meister, too (though in later life she thought the latter not altogether good reading for the youth of our country ). Shelley was forbidden, and Byron allowed only in small and carefully selected doses. The twofold bereavement which weighed so heavily upon her checked for a time the development of her thought, throwing her back on the ideas which her childhood had received without question; but her buoyant spirit could not remain long submerged, and as the poignancy of grief abated, her mind
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 10: (search)
gan by a little French farce or comedy, which some of the diplomatists performed well, and which was amusing. She, however, never took a part in it, but reserved herself for an exhibition of more taste and effect afterwards; I mean the singularly striking and beautiful one of making natural pictures, for which her fine person admirably fitted her. This art was invented by the famous Lady Hamilton. When Goethe was in Italy, he was bewitched with it, and when he afterwards published his Wilhelm Meister, gave such glowing descriptions of the effect it is capable of producing, that all Germany took the passion for a while, and it has ever since been more successfully practised there than anywhere else. Mad. Schulze of Berlin, who represents in public, is now the most admired; but I never was where she exhibited, and those who have seen both, say Mad. de Tatistcheff is more beautiful, and does it with more taste and talent. . . . . Compared with the magical effect it produces, the mo
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