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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 2: old Cambridge in three literary epochs (search)
th his personal attack on her, he would have averted much criticism on himself. Robert Carter, who thus defeated Bowen and was afterwards intimately associated with Lowell in both literature and life, was one of those gifted eccentrics who gravitated to Cambridge in earlier days, perhaps more freely than now. He had known extreme poverty, and used to tell the story of his mother and himself walking the streets of a city in central New York and spending their last half-dollar on a copy of Spenser's Faerie Queene, instead of a dinner. He was a man of wide reading, great memory, and great inventive power; his favorite work in embryo being a tale which was to occupy twelve volumes each as large as Sue's Wandering Jew, then widely read. Two of these volumes were to contain an incidental summary of the history of the world, told by a heavenly spirit to a man wandering among the Mountains of the Moon in Africa. He came to Cambridge under Lowell's patronage and secured a place in the p
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 5: Lowell (search)
irch during school hours, and at other times left herded together with little supervision. Story was already the intimate friend of Lowell, and rather took the lead of him, being then the Steerforth of the school, joyous, full of life, and variously accomplished. Many a time I have walked up and down what is now Brattle Street, listening reverently to the talk of these older boys, not always profitable, but sometimes most valuable. I remember, for instance, their talking over the plot of Spenser's Faerie Queene years before I had read it, and making it so interesting that we younger urchins soon named a nook with shady apple trees near our bathing place on Charles River the Bower of Blisse. In 1834 Lowell and Story went to college, and my brother afterward to the East Indies, so I was dropped from their circle, except as a boy in a college town watches the works and ways of the students. Both Lowell and Story were popular and socially brilliant in college, but neither gave unm
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Index (search)
Ruggles, Mrs., 151. Ruggles, Capt., George, 150. Russell, Miss P., 75. Sackville, Lord, 195. Sales, Francis, 17, 23. Sanborn, F. B., 156, 174, 177. Scott, Sir, Walter, 26, 35, 177. Scott, Sir, William, 45. Scudder, H. E., 69, 70. Sewall, Samuel, 12. Sewell, Jonathan, 12. Seward, W. H., 178. Shaler, Prof. N. S., 70. Shepard, Rev., Thomas, 3, 5, 7. Sidney, Sir, Philip, 159. Smalley, G. A., 192. Smith, Sydney, 105. Smollett, Tobias, 95. Sparks, Pres., Jared, 14, 44, 128. Spenser, Edmund, 47, 154. Storer, Dr. D. H., 113. Story, Judge, Joseph, 16, 44. Story, W. W., 16, 26, 70, 154, 155. Stowe, Rev. C. E., 90, 113. Stowe, Mrs. H. B., 65, 66, go. Sumner, Charles, 104, 123, 132, 191. Swift, Dean, 95, 166. Swinburne, A. C., 132. Tennyson, Lord, 132, 195. Thaxter, Celia, 179. Thaxter, L. L., 174. Thayer, Nathaniel, 106. Thoreau, H. D., 34, 58, 67, 191. Ticknor, Prof., George, 14, 27, 117, 121, 122, 191. Tracy, John, 78. Trowbridge, J. T., 65. Tuckerman, H.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, I. A Cambridge boyhood (search)
n and gratitude. They are healthy, innocent, and happy, and I enjoy every moment of their lives. Books are my recreation, and, next to my children, my greatest source of pleasure. I read Stewart's Philosophical Essays and the Faerie Queene of Spenser, usually in the evening, which is charmingly undisturbed. This exemption from visitors is delightful to me; it gives me time to think and to read, and I only hope that I shall improve all my advantages. She was at this time in her thirtieth yeory Row, of which Craigie House was only one, always impressed the imagination. Sometimes I had companions, -my elder brother for a time, and his classmates, Lowell and Story. I remember treading along close behind them once, as they discussed Spenser's Faerie Queene, which they had been reading, and which led us younger boys to christen a favorite play-place the Bower of Blisse. Story was then a conspicuously handsome boy, with a rather high-bred look, and overflowing with fun and frolic, a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
Shaw, R. G., 256. Shimmin, C. F., 60. Siddons, Mrs., 266. Sidney, Sir, Philip, 258. Sims, Thomas, 131, 142, 143, 144, 146. Sismondi, J. C. L. S. de, 92. Sisterhood of Reforms, the, 119. Sivret, Mrs., 251. Skimpole, Harold, 117. Smalley G. W., 240, 312. Smith, Gerrit, 218. Smith, H. W., 64. Smith, T. C. H., 62. Social feeling in Cambridge, 71. Somerville, Mrs., 17. Soule, Silas, 233. Spanish school-boys, 22. Sparks, Jared, 16, 56, 58. Spencer, Herbert, 272. Spenser, Edmund, II, 28. Spinoza, Benedict, 360. Spofford, Harriet (Prescott), 129, 130, 177, 178, 179. Sprague, A. B. R., 250. Spring, L. W., 207. Spring, Mrs., Rebecca, 230. Spuller, M., 300. Stackpole, J. L., 74. Stallknecht, F. S., 104. Stearns, G. L., 215, 217, 218, 221, 222. Steedman, Charles, 261. Stevens, A. D. , 229, 231. Stevens, C. E., 157, 158. Stewart, Dugald, H. Stillman, Mrs., 296. Storrow, Ann (Appleton), 7, 9. Storrow, Anne G., 7. Storrow, S. E., 74. Storrow
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 60 (search)
ath some kindred religious rule. The whole aim of chaperonage in society is to prolong or counterfeit this tradition; the very name of bud implies something modest, half-closed, untouched. Will not the very tradition of that charming sweetness disappear when the young woman goes to a public school, is educated at a college, and fills some subsequent post of duty, as it may happen, before the public eye? The answer is best to be found, perhaps, in the personal observation of each one. Spenser says of the three Graces of ancient mythology, These three on men all gracious gifts bestow Which deck the body or adorn the mind To make them lovely or well-favored show, and every one finds these Graces in his own circle of friends or kindred or early acquaintances, as the painter Palma Veccio drew them from his own daughters in his picture at Dresden. No one would be willing to acknowledge that the women he has known and loved the best are inferior to those of other lands or times,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, Index. (search)
8, 262. Shelley, P. B., 19. shy graces, the, 306. sick, on visiting the, 227. Siddons, Sarah, 250. Simms, W. G., 223. single will, the, 90. Sisters of Charity, 69. Size, physical, gradual diminution of, 262. Smith College, 275. social pendulum, the swing of the, 22. social superiors, 171. Society, origin of its usages, 77. Socrates, 81. Somerville, Mary, 250, 251,252, 261. Sophocles, E. A., 30. South Sea Island proverb, 236. Spanish manners, 25. Spenser, Edmund, quoted, 307. Spinning, in Homer, 8; in ancient Rome, 13. Spinsters, insufficient supply of, 39. Stael, Madame de, 57. Stone, Fanny, 56, 58. Stone, General C. P., 56. Stowe, H. B., 236. Studley, Cornelia, 287. Sngden, Sir, Edward, 138. Swedenborg, Emanuel, 159. swing of the social pendulum, the, 22. T. Taylor, Bayard, quoted, 6. Taylor's theorem, 287. Tennyson, Alfred. Lord, quoted, 76, 123, 249. Also 77, 136, 308. Terry, Ellen, 221. Thackeray, W. M., 5
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 1: the Puritan writers (search)
ice. Shakespeare and the other robust Elizabethan spirits were an abomination to her; and she readily fell * under the influence of fantastic poets like Herbert, Quarles, and Du Bartas, upon whom she formed her own style. It is on the whole remarkable that she should have been able now and then to free herself from these chosen fetters, and speak her own heart in really simple and noble verse. Her Contemplations, not published until after her death, contain verses which suggest that Spenser might have been her master, and require no apology. This is true, for instance, of her poem upon The seasons: When I behold the heavens as in their prime, And then the earth (though old) still clad in green, The stones and trees, insensible of time, Nor age nor wrinkle on their front are seen. If winter come, and greenness then do fade, A Spring returns, and they more youthful made; But Man grows old, lies down, remains where once he's laid. Shall I then praise the heavens, the trees, th
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 10: forecast (search)
een read with enthusiasm by young people at Concord and at Cambridge. I, exhorting young poets with the mature enthusiasm of seventeen, bade them lay down their Spenser and their Tennyson and look within, and Professor Channing let it pass in the understanding that by Spenser I meant the highest authority, and by Tennyson, the loSpenser I meant the highest authority, and by Tennyson, the lowest. This construction I refused with some indignation, for it was a capital passage of which I was quite proud and which had been written by my elder sister. When I explained my real views — as to Tennyson, the kindly professor said, Ah, that is a different thing. I wish you to say what you think. I regard Tennyson as a greatspirit of the New World. We need some repression, no doubt, as the Old World has never been backward in reminding us; but what we need still more is expression. Spenser's Britomart, when she entered the enchanted hall, found over door after door the inscription, Be bold! Be bold! Be bold! Be bold! and only upon the last door
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Index. (search)
277, 280. Shelley, Mrs., 71. Shepard, Thomas, 19. Sherman, Gen. W. T., 101. Simms, William Gilmore, 204, 206. Skeleton in armor, Longfellow's, 142. Sketch book, Irving's, 85, 86, 90, 103. Sky Walk, Brown's, 70. Smith, Capt., John, 7. Smith, Joseph, 69. Smoke, Thoreau's, 264. Snow-bound, Whittier's, 264. Society of Friends, 146. Song of the broad-axe, Whitman's, 229. Southey, Robert, 258. Sparkling and Bright, Hoffman's, 105. Sparks, Jared, 71, 116, 117. Spenser, Edmund, 260, 253. Spinning, Mrs. Jackson's, 264. Spofford, Harriet Prescott, 264. Spy, Cooper's, 103. Stanley, Wallace's, 72. Stedman, Edmund Clarence, 153, 264. Stirrup-Cup, Hay's, 264. Story of man, Buel's, 263. Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 126-130, 272. Stuart, Gilbert, 1. Supernatural and fictitious composition, Scott's, 90. Swinburne, A. C., 220. Swift, Jonathan, 67, 108. Symphony, Lanier's, 221. Tacitus, 175. Tales of a Traveller, Irving's, 86, 87. Tales of t
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