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John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Chapter 3: community life (search)
elief in the self-sufficiency of the human mind outside of revelation. Brook Farm, etc., by Lindsay Swift. The Macmillan Company, New York, 1900. This is the best account of Brook Farm extant. the Blithedale Romance, which has been styled The Epic of Brook Farm ; Brook Farm etc., by Lindsay Swift, p. 171. The Macmillan Company, published , New York. George William Curtis and his brother; the detail of this novel but Utopian association, will find an interesting account of it in Lindsay Swift's Brook Farm, from which what I have said in this narrative has been largely drawn. Whateis clearly shown not only by his subsequent career, but by the following verbal quotation from Mr. Swift's book, for which I desire to express my acknowledgments to the author and to his publishers, admirable nervous and muscular strength explains much of Dana's capacity for successful work. Swift, Brook Farm, pp. 151, 152. The newly wedded couple continued their connection for a few mont
John Harrison Wilson, The life of Charles Henry Dana, Index (search)
278. Stevens's Gap, 256, 257. Stoneman, General, 303, 304, 341. Strike of carpenters, 101. Strike in Chicago, 480, 481. Sumner, Senator, 99, 148, 153, 422, 423, 425. Sumter, Fort, 164, 165, 177. Sun, New York, 379-382, 384, 386, 388, 392, 393-395, 397-399, 404, 405, 408, 409, 414-417, 419, 423-425, 427, 428, 430, 431, 433, 438, 439, 443-446, 453, 458, 459, 461, 465, 466, 468-471, 475-478, 484, 490, 495, 511, 514, 515. Sunflower Bayou, 207. Swedenborg, 27, 28, 56, 451. Swift, Lindsay, 47. Swinton, John, 496. Swinton, William, Decisive Battles, 371. Sykes, General, 249. Symposium, 35. Syracuse, 138. T. Tallahatchee River, 207. Tallapoosa, 416. Tammany, 425, 427, 448, 449. Tax on bonds, 400. Taylor, Bayard, 123, 132, 133, 177. Taylor, General, 99, 236. Tennessee, 232. Tennessee River, 204, 233, 268,291. Terry, Judge, kills Senator Broderick, 153. Thiers, 66-68, 72. Thomas, General George H., 189, 256, 259, 261, 262, 264, 267,271, 275,
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 3: the third and fourth generation (search)
ngland Courant, established in Boston in 1721 by James Franklin, is full of imitations of the Tatler, Spectator, and Guardian. What is more, the Courant boasted of its office collection of books, including Shakespeare, Milton, the Spectator, and Swift's Tale of a Tub, Cook, E. C. Literary Infuencee in colonial newspapers, 17041760. N. Y., 1912. This was in 1722. If we remember that no allusion to Shakespeare has been discovered in the colonial literature of the seventeenth century, and scarcely an allusion to the Puritan poet Milton, and that the Harvard College Library in 1723 had nothing of Addison, Steele, Bolingbroke, Dryden, Pope, and Swift, and had only recently obtained copies of Milton and Shakespeare, we can appreciate the value of James Franklin's apprenticeship in London. Perhaps we can even forgive him for that attack upon the Mathers which threw the conduct of the Courant, for a brief period, into the hands of his brother Benjamin, whose turn at a London apprentice
bore a letter of introduction from Franklin commending him as an ingenious, worthy young man, which obtained for him a position on the Pennsylvania magazine. Before he had been a year on American soil, Paine was writing the most famous pamphlet of our political literature, Common sense, which appeared in January, 1776. A style hitherto unknown on this side of the Atlantic, wrote Edmund Randolph. Yet this style of familiar talk to the crowd had been used seventy years earlier by Defoe and Swift, and it was to be employed again by a gaunt American frontiersman who was born in 1809, the year of Thomas Paine's death. The crisis, a series of thirteen pamphlets, of which the first was issued in December, 1776, seemed to justify the contemporary opinion that the American cause owed as much to the pen of Paine as to the sword of Washington. Paine, who was now serving in the army, might have heard his own words, These are the times that try men's souls, read aloud, by Washington's orders
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 5: the Knickerbocker group (search)
s today is to witness one of the rarest and most agreeable of phenomena, namely, the actual beginning of a legend which the world is unwilling to let die. The book made Sir Walter Scott's sides ache with laughter, and reminded him of the humor of Swift and Sterne. But certain New Yorkers were slow to see the joke. Irving was himself a New Yorker, born just at the close of the Revolution, of a Scotch father and English mother. His youth was pleasantly idle, with a little random education, mrnational mediator. He diffused sweetness and light in an era marked by bitterness and obscuration. It was a triumph of character as well as of literary skill. But the skill was very noticeable also. Irving's prose is not that of the Defoe-Swift-Franklin-Paine type of plain talk to the crowd. It is rather an inheritance from that other eighteenth century tradition, the conversation of the select circle. Its accents were heard in Steele and Addison and were continued in Goldsmith, Stern
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters, Chapter 6: the Transcendentalists (search)
eard of the word Transcendentalism. We need go no further back than Alexander Pope, a Roman Catholic, whom we find declaring: I am so certain of the soul's being immortal that I seem to feel it within me, as it were by intuition. Pope's friend Swift, a dean of the Church of England and assuredly no Transcendentalist, defined vision as seeing the things that are invisible. Now turn to some of the New England men. Dr. C. A. Bartol, a disciple of Emerson, maintained that the mistake is to main the classics and in modern European languages. She did loyal, unpaid work as the editor of the Dial, which from 1840 to 1844 was the organ of Transcendentalism. She joined the community at Brook Farm, whose story has been so well told by Lindsay Swift. For a while she served as literary editor of the New York Tribune under Horace Greeley. Then she went abroad, touched Rousseau's manuscripts at Paris with trembling, adoring fingers, made a secret marriage in Italy with the young Marquis
C. Goddard, Studies in New England Transcendentalism (1908). R. W. Emerson, Works, 12 volumes (Centenary edition, 1903), Journal, 10 volumes (1909-1914), his Life by J. E. Cabot, 2 volumes (1887), by R. Garnett (1887), by G. E. Woodberry (1905); see also Ralph Waldo Emerson, a critical study by O. W. Firkins (1915). H. D. Thoreau, Works, 20 volumes (Walden edition including Journals, 1906), Life by F. B. Sanborn (1917), also Thoreau, a critical study by Mark van Doren (1916). Note also Lindsay Swift, Brook Farm (1900), and The Dial, reprint by the Rowfant Club (1902). Chapter 7. Hawthorne, Works, 12 volumes (1882), Life by G. E. Woodberry (1902). Longfellow, Works, 11 volumes (1886), Life by Samuel Longfellow, 3 volumes (1891). Whittier, Works, 7 volumes (1892), Life by S. T. Pickard, 2 volumes (1894). Holmes, Works, 13 volumes (1892), Life by J. T. Morse, Jr. (1896). Lowell, Works, 11 volumes (1890), Life by Ferris Greenslet (1905), Letters edited by C. E. Norton, 2 volumes (