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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 1: Longfellow as a classic (search)
would be to inspect books of selections made in Great Britain out of this class. I find two such lying near at hand; the first is Pen and Pencil Pictures from the Poets, published by William P. Nimmo at Edinburgh, containing fifty-six poems in all, each with a full-page illustration, generally by Scottish artists. Of these selections, six are taken from Longfellow, five each from Wordsworth and Thomson, and three each from Shakespeare, Burns, and Moore. Of other American poets Bryant and Willis alone appear, each with one contribution. Another such book is Words from the Poets; selected for the use of parochial schools and libraries. To this the leading contributors are Wordsworth (twenty-one), Longfellow (eighteen), Cowper (eleven), and Tennyson (nine), the whole number of contributors being forty-three. Such statistics could be easily multiplied; indeed, it will be readily admitted that no American poet can be compared to Longfellow in the place occupied by his poems in the E
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 2: birth, childhood, and youth (search)
ould be an honorable literary career. He spent his vacations in Portland, where the society was always agreeable, and where the women, as one of his companions wrote, seemed to him something enshrined and holy,—to be gazed at and talked with, and nothing further. In one winter vacation he spent a week in Boston and attended a ball given by Miss Emily Marshall, the most distinguished of Boston's historic belles, and further famous as having been the object of two printed sonnets, the one by Willis and the other by Percival. He wrote to his father that on this occasion he saw and danced with Miss Eustaphieve, daughter of the Russian consul, of whom he says, She is an exceedingly graceful and elegant dancer, and plays beautifully upon the pianoforte. He became so well acquainted in later days with foreign belles and beauties that it is interesting to imagine the impression made upon him at the age of twenty-one by this first social experience, especially in view of the fact that afte
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 8: appointment at Harvard and second visit to Europe (search)
ery agreeable amiable lady—She took us all over the grounds in her carriage, & was very kind & attentive to us. Her house is thronged with visitors, the great, the fashionable, & the literati all pay their court to her. She is a great admirer of Willis's, & thinks his writings superior to Irving's! —On Wednesday we visited the National Gallery, the finest collection of old paintings in the city. We saw while we were there, the Queen pass into the city, attended by the horse-guards in their beay of gold lace which covered them. Last of all came her Majesty's carriage with two coachmen & four footmen in the same magnificent livery. Thursday was the king's birth day. The drawing room was the most splendid one that had ever been seen—so Willis says. In the eve'g there was a grand illumination. About ten Henry and Mr. Frazer went out to see it. The crowd was so immense, that it was with the greatest difficulty they made their way home. Four women from St. Giles's armed with large clu<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 21: the Loftier strain: Christus (search)
ur praise. Had you undertaken to build the Christ yourself, as they would require of you, I verily believe it would have killed you, that is, made you a preacher. With many thanks, I am yours, Horace Bushnell.Life, III. 192, 193. It would not now be easy to ascertain what these hostile notices of The Divine Tragedy were, but it would seem that for some reason the poem did not, like its predecessors, find its way to the popular heart. When one considers the enthusiasm which greeted Willis' scriptural poems in earlier days, or that which has in later days been attracted by semi-scriptural prose fictions, such as The Prince of the House of David and Ben Hur, the latter appearing, moreover, in a dramatic form, there certainly seems no reason why Longfellow's attempt to grapple with the great theme should be so little successful. The book is not, like The New England Tragedies, which completed the circle of Christus, dull in itself. It is, on the contrary, varied and readable;
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
f., Barrett, 142; his Literary History of America, cited, 142 note. Wesselhoeft, Dr., Robert, 161. West Point, N. Y., 18. Westminster Abbey, service of commemoration for Longfellow at, 248-257. Weston, Miss Anne W., 167. Weston Mss., cited, 167 note. White Mountains, 51, 132. Whitman, Walt, 6, 10, 276. Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1, 6, 68, 134, 168, 258, 265, 267, 285, 294; thanks Longfellow for his antislavery poems, 167; his literary position, 259; relations with Longfellow, 271. Wijk, Mr., 101-103. Wijk, Mrs., 102, 103. Wilcox, Carlos, 145. Wilde, Oscar, 292. Wilkins, Mary, 198. Willis, Nathaniel P., 8, 19, 89, 90, 247. Windsor Castle, 221. Winter, William, on Longfellow's unpublished poems, 276. Winthrop, R. C., 222. Wiseman, Cardinal, on Longfellow, 281. Worcester, Joseph E., 121. Worcester, Noah, 63, 64. Worcester, Mass., 118 note. Wordsworth, William, 7-10, 80, 266. York Cathedral, 224. Yorkshire County, Eng., 11. Zedlitz, Joseph C., 161.