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Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters 14 0 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises 8 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature 4 0 Browse Search
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall) 2 0 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, VII (search)
VII On literary tonics some minor English critic wrote lately of Dr. Holmes's Life of Emerson: The Boston of his day does not seem to have been a very strong place; we lack performance. This is doubtless to be attributed rather to ignorance than to that want of seriousness which Mr. Stedman so justly points out among the younger Englishmen. The Boston of which he speaks was the Boston of Garrison and Phillips, of Whittier and Theodore Parker; it was the headquarters of those old-time abolitionists of whom the English Earl of Carlisle wrote that they were fighting a battle without a parallel in the history of ancient or modern heroism. It was also the place which nurtured those young Harvard students who are chronicled in the Harvard Memorial Biographies—those who fell in the war of the Rebellion; those of whom Lord Houghton once wrote tersely to me: They are men whom Europe has learned to honor and would do well to imitate. The service of all these men, and its results, gi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XI (search)
from his theory and confined himself most nearly to the laws he was wont to spurn—in this case, by coming nearest to a regularity of rhythm. The praise generally bestowed on the admirable selections in the Library of American Literature, by Mr. Stedman and Miss Hutchinson, is a proof that there is a certain consensus of opinion on this subject. Had they left out Austin's Peter Rugg, or Hale's A Man Without a Country, there would have been a general feeling of discontent. It would have beenconnected with that unique and wayward personality are forgotten. It is many years since I myself wrote of that rare and unappreciated thinker, Brownlee Brown; and he is less known now than he was then; yet his poem on Immortality, preserved by Stedman and Hutchinson, is so magnificent that it cheapens most of its contemporary literature, and seems alone worth a life otherwise obscure. It is founded on Xenophon's well-known story of the soldiers of Cyrus's expedition. As soon as the men who
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XVIII (search)
y affords no test of greatness, nor do any of the efforts to ascertain it by any other test succeed much better. The balloting in various newspapers for the best hundred authors or the forty immortals has always turned out to be limited by the constituency of the particular publication which attempted the experiment; or sometimes even by the action of jocose cliques, combining to force up the vote of pet candidates. As regards American authors, the great Library of American Literature of Stedman and Hutchinson aims to furnish a sort of Westminster Abbey or Valhalla, where the relative value of different writers may be roughly gauged by the number of pages assigned to each candidate for fame. But this again is determined by the taste of the compilers, and their judgment, however catholic, is not infallible. Still another test, and one coming nearer to a general popular consensus may be sought in the excellent catalogues which are now prepared for our public libraries—catalogues in
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, Index (search)
. Scudder, S. H., 73. Self-depreciation, the trick of, 206. Sentimental, decline of the, 178. Seward, Anna, 218. Shadow of Europe, the, 27. Shakespeare, William, 16, 21, 48, 52, 186, 188, 189, 191. Shelley, P. B., 190. Sheridan, P. H., 47, 123. Sidney, Sir, Philip, 83. Slavery, Emerson's poem on, 8. Sly, Christopher, 213. Smith, Goldwin, 3. Southey, Robert, 217. Spencer, Herbert, 216. Spenser, Edmund, 18, 83, 94. Spofford, Harriet P., 102. Stackpole, J. L., 222. Stedman, E. C., 62, 67, 100. Sterling, John, 56, 94. Stevenson, R. L., 65. St. Nicholas magazine, riddles in, 23. Stockton, F. R., 219. Stoddard, R. H., 67. Stowe, H. B., 57, 58, 66, 68. Sumner, Charles, 70, 155. Sumner, W. G., 19. Swinburne, A. C., 68,158. T. Taine, H. A., 53. Taking ourselves seriously, on, 35. Talleyrand, C. M., 193. Tasso, Torquato, 187, 217. Taylor, Bayard, 67, 100. Taylor, Sir, Henry, 78, 167. Taylor, Thomas, 215. Temperament, an American, 2. Tennyson