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Charles E. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe compiled from her letters and journals by her son Charles Edward Stowe 76 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men 22 0 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 18 0 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book 8 0 Browse Search
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters 6 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises 6 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays 6 0 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 4 0 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 4 0 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 4 (search)
nce accepted by all as a complete formula for the situation; it was the later task of actually hunting up this priceless creature, and securing her for eight hundred dollars a year, that proved formidable. In these days one is certainly impressed with the prominence of literature as a sphere for the Woman of Influence. When we think of the thousands of high-schools and academies throughout the land in which, next graduation-day, some maiden in white will read an essay on The genius of George Eliot, we may well say with Rufus Choate, After all, a book is the only immortality. And surely the reader is impressed with the way in which a woman's genius, even if not of the very highest order, may retain its hold after her death, on seeing the late statements of Mr. Routledge, the great publisher of cheap books in England, as to the continued demand for Mrs. Hemans's poetry. In the last generation the pure and melodious muse of this lady had great reputation; her American editor was Pro
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 15 (search)
m of all of them, but there is not time always to explain, and it greatly facilitates that social ease which is the object really aimed at, to accept the habits of society as they are; and not, for instance, to insist on calling for fish with your dessert at a dinner-party, merely because you happen to fancy that combination. Many an ardent and zealous young reformer offends the very world he is burning to reform when he refuses to meet it with some slight compliance; as Felix Holt, in George Eliot's story, was willing to die for the improvement of society, but could by no means consent to wear a cravat for its sake. Manners come next to morals, not alone because they help us to make the world pleasanter, and thus render life easier to all around us, but also because they afford a key to those greater successes and usefulnesses for which all generous persons long. And their domain goes beyond this world; for if the utmost saint makes himself personally repulsive, he so far diminis
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 17 (search)
a pen, while the ladies proceeded to make out a long list of words, which is still preserved, anticipating the very changes that at last, under Voltaire, came to be generally accepted, and determined the modern French orthography. Alas! English spelling still awaits the eight hundred women who shall bring it back to common-sense. Since Fontenelle's day women have begun to show what they could do personally in the way of literary style, besides acting through men. With George Sand and George Eliot to represent their sex, it is clear that woman's contribution is now direct as well as indirect. With the advance of higher education and the incentive of magazine opportunities, we may gradually expect results such as these two fine writers only prefigure. When we consider how rare in printed literature are the qualities we often find in women's letters — the wit, the grace, the daring, the incisiveness, the lyric glimpses --it is certain that there is more to come hereafter from that
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 31 (search)
ew households, leaving the great world of adventure untouched. But what plots and enterprises we obtain in these days, on the other hand, from women novelists-ranging up from the Braddons and Ouidas to the best novel written by a woman since George Eliot died, as it seems to me-Mrs. Jackson's Ramona. What action is there! what motion! how entrainant it is! It carries us along as if mounted on a swift horse's back from beginning to end; and it is only when we return for a second reading that we can appreciate the fine handling of the characters, and especially the Spanish mother, drawn with a stroke as keen and firm as that which portrayed George Eliot's Dorothea. In such a book we see that the really great novel includes the creation of character, and does not stop there; for after all one asks, What is the use of the finest delineation of persons if they do nothing worth doing after they are created? The trouble with James and Howells seems to be that they expend all their str
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 49 (search)
son writes; and this tardiness would certainly be provoking had it not come to pass, under the doctrine of evolution, that the latest things are apt to be recognized as the most precious throughout all nature. Up to the time of George Sand or George Eliot it had not seemed possible that a woman could be a great novelist, or up to the time of Elizabeth Barrett Browning that she could be a great poet, or up to the time of Rosa Bonheur a great painter, or up to the days of Mrs. Siddons and Racheltion of woman is lowest, and where she shares least in the current educational advantages of all kinds. Among the eminent women above enumerated as pioneers in other intellectual spheres not one was German; we do not know that George Sand, or George Eliot, or Mrs. Browning, or Rosa Bonheur, or Rachel, or Mrs. Somerville, would ever have raised her head above the surrounding obstacles had she had the ill-luck to be born near the Rhine. Even in France there is no Salique Law in intellect; compar
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 51 (search)
served for men — for little Twiggs, perhaps, with his fine realistic study, The Trippings of Tom Popinjay. What a flood of light all this throws on the reasons why such very able women write under masculine names! George Sand, Currer Bell, George Eliot, are but the type of many others. They wrote in that way not because they wished to be men, but because they wished for an unbiassed judgment as artists; and in each case they got it. When it came, and in the form of triumphant success, all w Until within a century but one single instance of this success was recorded — that of Sappho, in lyric poetry. Within the last century other instances have followed-Rachel in dramatic art, Rosa Bonheur in animal painting, George Sand and George Eliot in prose fiction. These cases are unquestionable. Other women have at least reached a secondary place in other spheres — as Mrs. Somerville in science, Harriet Martineau in political economy, Elizabeth Barrett Browning in poetry. The infere<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 56 (search)
to secure a tolerably permanent place, even without great genius. When will our women's colleges turn out a race of graduates who will devote themselves to literature even as faithfully as many men now do, making it an object for life to do thoughtful and serious work? I am told by editors that you may almost count on the fingers of one hand the women in America to whom you can assign a subject for a magazine paper, requiring scholarly effort and labor, and have the work well done. This is the gap that needs to be filled by literary women at present. The supply of second-grade fiction-and by this is meant all fiction inferior in grade to George Eliot's --is now tolerably well secured. But the demand for general literary work of a solid and thoughtful nature, demanding both scholarship and a trained power of expression — this is never very well supplied among men, and is, with few exceptions, unsupplied among American women. To meet this demand we may fairly look to our colleges
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, Index. (search)
Clytemnestra, 44. Coffin, Lucretia, 47. Cogan, Henry, 159. Cogswell, J. G., quoted, 110. Coleridge, S. T., 195, 302. College towns, life in, 48. Conway, M. D., 129. Cookery-books, 13. Co-operation in business, 148. Copley, J. S., 50. Corneille, Pierre, 87. Cornell University, 288. Coulanges, F. de, 45. Counterparts, 68. Country weeks ald city weeks, 34. Cowper, William, 19. Craddock, C. E. See Marfree, M. N. Creator of The home, the, 28. Cross, M. A. (George Eliot), quoted, 78. Also 88, 158, 249, 252, 260, 263, 290. Crowne, Johnny, 5. D. Dabney, Charles, 170. Danton, G. J., 6. D'Arblay, Madame, 157. Darwin, Charles, quoted, 99. Also 23, 308. Darwin, Dr., Erasmus, 114. Daughters of Toil, The, 70. Davidson sisters, the, 289. De Quincey, Thomas, quoted, 110. Defoe, Daniel, 285. Dibdin, Charles, quoted, 278. Dickens, Charles, quoted, 94, 195. Also 109, 285. Diderot, Denis, 178. Dinner, difficulties of the, 240. Di