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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 5: the New England period — Preliminary (search)
ean literature and art had prevailed throughout the colonies. It is even said that America did not possess a copy of Shakespeare till a hundred years after his death. In the eighteenth century the colonists were by no means slow in getting the latest fashions and the latest delicacies from London; yet they displayed a surprising apathy toward the books which were then to be found on every London table. In 1723 the best college library in America contained nothing by Addison, Pope, Dryden, Swift, Gay, Congreve, or Defoe. Ten years later Franklin founded the first public library in America by an importation of some forty-five pounds' worth of English books; among which the work of many of those authors was doubtless included. They were, in fact, the authors upon whom the taste of our best writers during the next century was to be formed. They were the fashionable English models for the cultivation of polite letters. But whatever the pursuit of such a practical ideal might be a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, chapter 13 (search)
il War. 1642. Newton born. 1644. Milton's Areopagitica. 1649. Charles I. executed. 1649-1660. The Commonwealth. 1658. Cromwell died. 1660-1686. Charles II. 1663-1678. Butler's Hudibra. 1667. Milton's Paradise Lot. 1667. Swift born. 1670. Dryden Poet-Laureate. 1671. Milton's Paradise Regained, 1671. and Samson Agonises. 1674. Milton and Herrick died. 1678-1684. Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progres. 1685-1688. James II. 1688. The English Revolution. 1688. Pope and Gay born. 1700. Dryden died. 1700. Thomson born. 1703-1714. Queen Anne. 1704. Swift's Battle of the books and Tale of a Tub. 1707. Union of Scotland and England. 1707. Fielding born. 1709. The Tatler, edited by Steele. 1814. Wordsworth's The excursion. 1814. Scott's Waverley. 1815. Battle of Waterloo. 1817. Keats's Poems. 1817. Coleridge's Biographia Literaria. 1820-1830. George IV. 1821. De Quincey's Confessions of an English opium Eater. 1822-
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Index. (search)
tman'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 the Alhambra, Irving's, 86, 87. Talisman, Francis Herbert's, 81. Talleyrand, Prince, 52, 82. Taylor, Bayard, 264. Tennyson, Alfred, Lord, 68, 176, 258, 259, 260, 261, 265. Tenth Muse, Anne Bradstreet's, 11. Ten years in the Valley of the Mis-sissippi, Flint's, 239. Thackeray, W. M., 186. Thanatopsis, Bryant's, 103. Thaxter, Celia, 264. Thoreau, Henry David, 165
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 8: personal qualities (search)
W. Smalley, says of the most famous of modern English Quakers, John Bright, There was no courtlier person than this Quaker, none whose manners were more perfect. ... If there had been no standard of good manners, he would have created one. . . . Swift said, Whosoever makes the fewest persons uneasy is the best-bred man in the company. London letters, I. 124. Tried by this last standard, at least, Whittier was unsurpassed; and living in America, where artificial standards are at least secon, have gradually diminished in influence through such a deficiency. Possibly even Tufts and Burroughs may have been in some degree useful in their post-mortem career, by helping to cultivate this trait in the young poet. That he read Sterne and Swift with enjoyment, we know. There is little evidence, however, that his early writings showed any trace of this gift. The dozen poems which he had written at eighteen, and the ninety-six printed within two years (1827-28) in the Haverhill Gazett
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Index. (search)
ary Emerson, the object of Whittier's poem Memo ries, 137, 138. Snow-bound, quoted, 6,8-13. Southampton, England, 4. South Carolina, 60, 115. Stanton, Henry B., 77. Stedman, Edmund C., 185; his opinion of Whittier, 154-157. Sterne, Laurence, 37, 103, 179. Stetson, Mr., 59. Stoddard, R. H., 178. Story, W. W., 178. Stowe, Dr. C. E., 104. Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 104; acquaintance with Whittier, 112. Sumner, Charles, 44, 46, 47, 102, 103; elected to U. S. Senate, 45. Swift, Jonathan, 94, 103. T. Tennyson, Alfred, 36, 142, 152; on Whittier's My Playmate, 141. Thaxter, Mrs., Celia, Whittier at home of, 127, 128, 179. Thayer, Abijah W., 27, 42, 88; tries to publish Whittier's poems, 29; Whittier's letter to, 32, 33; supports Whittier, 41. Thayer, Professor James B., 88. Thomas, Judge, 137, 138. Thompson, George, 62, 65; comes to America, 57; encounter with mobs, 58-61; writes about adventures, 61. Thoreau, Henry D., 173. Thurston, David, 53. To
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, English men of letters. (search)
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