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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, IX (search)
metropolitan issue, then Rome would again have ceased to be Rome; and yet this is what is done in London every month by the American illustrated magazines. It is clear, then, that London is not the exclusive intellectual centre of the English-speaking world, nor is there the slightest evidence that it is becoming more and more such a centre. On the contrary, one hears in England a prolonged groan over an imagined influence the other way. I have long felt, wrote Sir Frederick Elliot to Sir Henry Taylor from London (December 20, 1877), that the most certain of political tendencies in England is what, for want of a better name, I will call the Yankeeizing tendency. But apart from these suggestions as to London, Mr. Lowell has urged and urged strongly the need of a national capital. He has expressed the wish for a focus of intellectual, moral, and material activity, a common head, as well as a common body. In this he errs only, as it seems to me, in applying too readily to our vaster
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XIX (search)
ainst educated men in practical affairs is not confined to our own country, but exists in England, in France, in Germany; and in each case with the additional condition which I have pointed out, that it is found more among other educated men than in the general public mind. We think of England as a place where they put authors forward in public life; and we instance Beaconsfield, Gladstone, Morley, and Bryce, by way of illustration. But the acute Sir Frederick Elliot wrote to the poet Sir Henry Taylor, in 1876: I think that literati, when they have not been exercised in practical affairs (note that exception!) are the worst of politicians. He has especially in mind historians, and makes the point, which is worth noticing, that they are a little apt to confound the dead and the living. Look at Freeman; he digs into forgotten records and finds that the ancestors of some people oppressed the ancestors of another, four hundred years ago; upon which he forthwith exhorts their descendan
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, Index (search)
r, 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, Lord, 25, 29, 53, 56, 94, 95, 98, 124, 126, 184, 196, 203, 205. Test of the dime novel, the, 198. Thackeray, W. M., 93, 111. Thomas, Isaiah, 42. Thompson, Maurice, 67. Thoreau, H. D., VI., 9, 16, 73, 90, 114, 155, 175, 220. Ticknor, George, 19. Tocqueville, A. C. H. de, 32, 121. Tolstoi, Count, Leo, 35. Tonics, literary, 62. Touchstone quoted, 21. Tourgueneff, Ivan, 219. Town and gown, 161