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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Lowell (search)
ed into the holy bonds of matrimony. The union of James Russell Lowell to Maria White, of Watertown, was the most poetic marriage of the nineteenth century, and can only be compared to that of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning. Miss White was herself a poetess, and full of poetical impulse to the brim. Maria would seem t, and Lowell was the chivalrous knight who rescued her. It must have been Maria White who made an Emersonian of him. Margaret Fuller had stirred up the intellectual life of New England women to a degree never known before or since, and Miss White was one of those who came within the scope of her influence. Lowell himself spd happiness gone. Lowell's poetic marriage did not last quite ten years. Maria White was always frail and delicate, and she became more so continually. Longfellthat in the twilight of his life Lowell thought more of these ten years with Maria White than of the six years when he was Ambassador to England,with twenty-nine din
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 5: Lowell (search)
me several of his favorite manuals, as Sidney's Defence of Poesie, and Puttenham's Art of English Poesie. For some reason not known to me, Lowell was accredited to Boston in the Harvard catalogues during his senior year and his three years of study in the Law School, but it is probable that his father then resided in Boston, while his elder brother, Charles Russell Lowell, occupied Elmwood. The great and even controlling influence exercised upon Lowell from this time by his betrothed, Maria White, who afterward became his wife, is well known, and the simplicity of their daily life is well portrayed in the following extracts from a sort of diary communicated by Lowell about the year 1849 to his friend, Charles F. Briggs, of New York, who then edited Holden's Magazine. By a letter from Briggs to R. W. Griswold Letters of R. W, Griswold, p. 257. it would appear that he was in charge of it in January, 1850, which must have been about the time of this letter. There is not, I thin
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Index (search)
64, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 85, 86, 89, 90, 105, 107, 111, 112, 114, 124, 125, 127, 129, 135, 141; influence of Cambridge, 147; love of Elmwood, 148; Tory Row, 150; traditions of Elmwood, 151-153; as a boy, 154; college life, 155-158; influence of Maria White, 159; picture of daily life, 160-172; popularity, 172-173; imaginary magazine, 174; traits of character, 175; letter about Temperance Convention, 176; death of his wife, 176-177; editor Atlantic Monthly, 178-180; foreign minister, 181-182; his nephews, 183-184; compared with Holmes, 185-186; fertility of mind, 187-188; prose writings, 189-190; popularity in London, 191-192; later life, 193-195; death, 196. Lowell, Mrs. J. R. (Maria White), 159, 162, 176. Lowell, Percival, 94. Lowell, Rev. R. T. S., 16. Lowell, Miss, Sally, 125. Macaulay, T. B., 88. Mackenzie, Lieut. A. S., 117. Mather, Cotton, 4, 7. Mather, Pres., Increase, 7. Mather, Rev., Richard, 7. Milton, John, 90, 189. Mitchell, Dr., Weir, 82. Moore, Thomas, 91
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 6: Lowell's closing years in Cambridge (search)
what do you expect to do about it? Lowell did not, therefore, inherit recluse qualities. As a school-boy he was the gayest of the gay. In college he was the wit of his class; and my college diary records him as coming as a senior into our freshman debating club and keeping us supplied with amusement for the whole evening. It is enough to say that he was secretary of the Hasty Pudding Club — the reverse of a recluse position-and kept its records in verse. After leaving college he and Maria White were the King and Queen of what was probably the most brilliant circle of young people — the Brother and sister club-ever brought together in the neighborhood of Boston. After his marriage, too, Elmwood became the scene of a modest but delightful hospitality; for Mrs. Lowell had hosts of friends and loved to meet them. Eminent strangers were entertained there; Ole Bull, for instance, on his first arrival. Then followed by degrees the deaths of his older children, and the illness and
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 10: Favorites of a day (search)
unknown. His Beautiful Story reached a sale of nearly 300,000 copies in two years; his Living World and The Story of Man were sold to the number of nearly 250,000 each, and were endorsed by Gladstone and Bismarck. This was only ten years ago, for in 1888 he received for copyright $33,000, and in 1889 $50,000; yet I have at hand no book of reference or library catalogue that contains his name. Is it not better to be unknown in one's lifetime, and yet live forever by one poem, like Blanco White with his sonnet called Life and light, or by one saying, like Fletcher of Saltoun with his I care not who makes the laws of a people, so I can make its ballads, than to achieve such evanescent splendors as this? It is not more than sixty years since Maria Edgeworth rivalled Scott in English and American popularity, and Scott's publisher, James Ballantyne, says that he could most gratify the author of Waverley when he could say: Positively this is equal to Miss Edgeworth. Fifty years ago
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 8: conversations in Boston. (search)
spoiled women of Margaret's classes were the very women who were fighting Miss Martineau's battles. The only list known to me of any of these classes is that given in Miss Fuller's Memoirs. i. 338, note. It contains forty-three names. Among these are to be found the two women who taught Miss Martineau her first lessons in abolitionism on her arrival in America: Mrs. Lydia Maria Child and Mrs. Ellis Gray Loring. The list comprises the wives of Emerson and Parker and the high-minded Maria White who afterwards, as the wife of Lowell, did much to make him an abolitionist; it includes the only daughter of Dr. Channing; it comprises Miss Littlehale, now Mrs. Ednah D. Cheney; it includes many family names identified with the anti-slavery movement in Boston and vicinity from its earliest to its latest phase; such names as Channing, Clarke, Hooper, Hoar, Lee, Peabody, Quincy, Russell, Shaw, Sturgis. These names form, indeed, the great majority of the list, while not a person appears
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Index. (search)
ge, Rev. Mr., 63. Knapp, J. J., 39. Kneeland, Abner, 77. L. Lafarge, John, 134. Lafayette, Marquis de, 15. La Mennais, H. F. R. de, 280. Lane, Charles, 160, 166. Leonidas, 47. Lewes, G. H., 229. Longfellow H. W., criticisms on, 188, 204, 218, 193; other references, 131, 283, 293-295, 298. Loring, Mr. and Mrs. E. G., 122,128. Lowell, J. R., criticisms on, 217, 296; retaliation by, 5, 298 ; other references, 128,164, 176, 208, 216, 217, 298, 296-298. Lowell, Maria (White), 128, 272; letter from, 244. Lyric Glimpses, 286, 288. M. McDowell, Mrs., 211. Mackie, J. M., 168. Mackintosh, Sir, James, 187, 287, 288. Mann, Horace, 11, 12. Mariana, story of, 28. Marston, J. Westland, 146, 160. Martineau, Harriet, 86, 46, 68, 122-129, 222, 223, 283, 284. Martineau, James, 221. Mary Queen of Scots, 226. Mazzini, Joseph, 5, 229, 231, 236, 244, 284. Middleton, Conyers, 50. Mill, John Stuart 146. Milman, H. H., 228. Milnes, R. M. See Houghton.
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), To Rev. Convers Francis. (search)
o keep me strong and hopeful. It has ever been thus, through all the changing scenes of my trying pilgrimage. Ever there is a harp in the sky, and an echo on earth. One of my aids is Friend Hopper's son, who with unwearied love brings me flowers and music, and engravings and pictures and transparencies, and the ever-ready sympathy of a generous heart. Another is a young German, full of that deep philosophy that is born of poetry. Then, ever and anon, there comes some winged word from Maria White, some outpourings of love from young spirits in Boston or in Salem. Quite unexpectedly there came from Dr. Channing, the other day, words of the truest sympathy and the kindliest cheer. The world calls me unfortunate, but in good truth I often wonder why it is the angels take such good care of me. Bettine is a perpetual refreshment to my soul. Nothing disturbs me so much as to have any Philistine make remarks about her. Not that I think her connection with Goethe beautiful or altogethe
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), To Mrs. S. B. Shaw. (search)
a column in the New York Tribune describing me in a place where I never was, looking as I never looked, and saying things I never said or thought of. Even the heart of Africa is not a place of safety, and if one were to climb Himalaya, some sort of pulley would be contrived to hoist up an interviewer ! I am so sorry about the Modocs! I have no doubt the poor wretches had been goaded to desperation before they committed that wanton and most impolitic assault upon the Peace Commissioners. White men have so perpetually lied to them that they don't know whom, or what, to believe. And after all, we, who are so much more enlightened, and who profess to be so much more human, have again and again killed Indians who were decoyed into our power by a flag of truce. No mortal will ever know the accumulated wrongs of that poor people. No wonder they turn at bay, in their desperation and despair. . ... You ask if I am in favor of the prohibitory law. I am. Its aim is, and its effect wou
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), Index. (search)
V. Venus of Milo, the, 172, 218. Victor Hugo's tragedy of John Brown, 173. W. Wallcut, Robert F., 284. War anecdotes, 158, 161, 180, 204. Wasson, David A.. 80, 91. Wayland, Mass., Mrs. Child's home in XV. Webster, Daniel, willing to defend the slave-child Med, 20; statue of, 190; Ichabod, 259. Weiss's (Rev. John) biography of Theodore Parker. 179. Weld, Angelina Grimke, memorial of, 258. Weld, Theodore D., letter to, 258. Westminster Review, The, 202. White, Maria, 50. Whitney, Miss, Anne, letters to, 247, 256; her statue of Samuel Adams, 257. Whittier, John G., biographical sketch of Mrs. Child, v.-xxv., 97; lines to Mrs. Child, on Ellis Gray Loring, 102; annoyed by curiosity-seekers, 142; letters to, 157, 159, 210, 215, 228, 235, 236; on the death of S. J. May, 212; his tribute to Colonel Shaw, 240; lines to Mrs. Child after her death, 269. Wightman, James M., 149. Wild, Judge, 20. Willis, N. P., 58. Wilson, Henry, 88. Wise, Gov. Henry
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