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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 1: Longfellow as a classic (search)
his books had a steady and trustworthy sale. I always found his poems on the shelves, and this was true of no other American poet. Several editions of his works, single or collective, had recently appeared in London. Poems newly set to music had lately been published at the music stalls, and familiar citations from his poems were constantly heard in public speeches. Inquiries similar to mine were made a few years since in the book-stores of Switzerland and Germany by my friend, Professor W. J. Rolfe, who found without difficulty the German and English text of single or collected poems by Longfellow at Nuremberg, Cologne, Strasburg, Lucerne, Interlaken, and elsewhere. Another form of obtaining statistics bearing on the relative position of Longfellow among English-writing poets would be to inspect books of selections made in Great Britain out of this class. I find two such lying near at hand; the first is Pen and Pencil Pictures from the Poets, published by William P. Nimmo a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 24: Longfellow as a man (search)
hip without any pedantic ways, and a perceptible soupcon of the humor, not enough to startle or surprise or keep you under the strain of over-stimulation, which I am apt to feel with very witty people. And ten years later, writing to a friend and referring to his verses on the death of Longfelfellow, printed in the Atlantic Monthly, he said: But it is all too little, for his life was so exceptionally sweet and musical that any voice of praise sounds almost like a discord after it. Professor Rolfe has suggested that he unconsciously describes himself in The Golden Legend, where Walter the Minnesinger says of Prince Henry:— His gracious presence upon earth Was as a fire upon a hearth; As pleasant songs, at morning sung, The words that dropped from his sweet tongue Strengthened our hearts; or, heard at night, Made all our slumbers soft and light. He also points out that this is the keynote of the dedication of The Seaside and the Fireside, the volume published in 1849. As one
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
offering professorship, 84, 85; Longfellow's letters to, 85-87, 155, 157, 158; his letter to Longfellow about absence, 159, 160. Quincy, Mrs., Josiah, 133, 158. Quincy, Miss, 158. Racine, Jean, 65, 176. Raleigh, Va., 82. Raynes, Capt., 131. Reboul, of Nimes, 191. Reed, E. J., 224. Revolution, American, the, 12,117. Rhine River, 131, 170, 193. Richter, Jean Paul, 64, 112, 113, 127. Riddle, George, 290. Riedesel, Baroness, 117. Robert College, 3. Robinson, Rowland, 198. Rolfe, Prof. William J., 8; on Longfellow, 287, 288. Rome, 132, 148, 215, 223. Rosendale, 94. Rossetti, Dante G., 190. Rotterdam, 107, 111. Round Hill School, 81. Routledge, Mr., 245. Rubens, Peter P., 161. Ruskin, John, 238, 262, 286; his Modern Painters, quoted, 237. Russia, 43. Russia, steamer, 219. Sachs, Hans, 234. Sacobezon, an Indian chief, 207. Sailly, Madame de, 47. St. Gothard Pass, 223. Salem, Mass., 240. Sannazaro, J., 54. Savannah, Ga., 119. Scherb, E