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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XIII (search)
hen the House of Commons was more displeased by a false Latin quantity than by a false argument. I am perfectly willing to concede that much time has been wasted, in times past, on the niceties of classical scholarship; and, moreover, that what is most valuable in Greek and Roman literature has been so transfused into the modern literatures that it is no longer so important as formerly to seek it at the fountain-head. It seems only a fine old-fashioned whim when we read of the desire of Dr. Popkin, the old Greek Professor at Harvard College, to retire from teaching and read the authors, meaning thereby the Greeks alone. The authors who are worth reading have now increased to a number that would quite dismay the good professor; but the more one has read, the better for his literary background. It is necessary to use the past tense, for the need must commonly have been supplied in early life; and this implies either a college or its equivalent; that is, a period when one reads vorac
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XX (search)
XX Make Thy Option which of two who does not look back with some slight envy to the period when Professor Popkin could dwell with longing on that coming day when he could retire from his Harvard Professorship of Greek and read the authors? He actually resigned in 1833, and had for nearly twenty years the felicity for whichf literature. Since all advisers bid us read only the best books, why not follow their counsel, and keep to Aeschylus and Homer? Who could have foreseen, in Dr. Popkin's day, the vast expansion of modern literatures, which, after exhausting all the Latin races, keeps opening upon us new treasure-houses elsewhere; so that Mr. Hs? I am not now speaking with any special reference to the Greeks. The fate of the ancient classics among us was long since settled. When the successor of Dr. Popkin was made President of Harvard College, in 1860, he virtually surrendered his traditions by translating the Greek quotations in his Inaugural Address; and what P
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, Index (search)
Palmer, G. H., 148. Paris, limitations of, 82. Paris, the world's capital, 77. Parker, Theodore, 42, 62, 115,155. Parkman, Francis, 60, 61. Parton, James, 13. Pattison, Mark, 50. Paul, Jean, see Richter. Pepys, Samuel, 42. Perry, Lillah Cabot, 219, Petrarch, Francesco, 172, 179, 185, 186, 187. Philip of Burgundy, 6. Phillips, Wendell, 7, 49, 62, 221, 222. Plato, 48, 114. Plot, the proposed abolition of, 135. Plutarch, 4, 174. Poe, E. A., 66, 155, 190, 219. Popkin, J. S., 117, 169, 171, 172, 174. Posterity, a contemporaneous, 51. Precision, weapons of, 192. Prescott, W. H., 59. Q. Quincy, Edmund, 22. Quintilian, 232. R. Racine, Jean, 92. Ramler, C. W., 90. Raphael da Urbino, 188. Rainsford, W. S., 79. Richter, J. P. F., 182. Rollo Books, the, 180. Roscoe, William, 216. Russell, W. Clark, 202. Ruskin, John, 53, 97, 114, 187 197, 206. Rousseau, J. J., 179. S. Sala, G. A., 203. Sand, George, 56. Scherer, Edmond, 5.