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efused to obey the king's order that all persons over a mile high should leave the court-room. In truth, the tone of Irving's remark carries us back, by its audacious self-reliance, to the answer said to have been given by the Delphic oracle to Cicero in his youth. It told him, according to Plutarch, to live for himself, and not to take the opinions of others for his guide; and the German Niebuhr thinks that if the answer was really given, it might well tempt us to believe in the actual inspied in the later work of Mr. Howells. Happy is that author whose final admirers are, as heroes used to say, the captives of his bow and spear, the men from whom he met his earlier criticism. Happy is that man who has the patience to follow, like Cicero, his own genius, and not to take the opinions of others for his guide. And the earlier work of Mr. Howells —that is, everything before The Rise of Silas Lapham, Annie Kilburn, and The Hazard of New Fortunes—falls now into its right place; its al
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, V (search)
American authors to a proper humility, because we forget that the invention of printing has in a manner placed all nations on a level. Literature is the only art whose choicest works are easily transportable. Once secure a public library in every town—a condition now in process of fulfilment in our older American States —and every bright boy or girl has a literary Louvre and Vatican at command. Given a taste for literature and there are at hand all the masters of the art—Plato and Homer, Cicero and Horace, Dante, Shakespeare, and Goethe. Travel is still needed, but not for books—only for other forms of art, for variety of acquaintanceship, and for the habit of dealing with men and women of many nationalities. The most fastidious American in Europe should not look with shame, but with pride and hope, upon those throngs of his fellow-countrymen whom he sees crowding the art-galleries of Europe, looking about them as ignorantly, if you please, as the German barbarians when they ent
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XX (search)
eption was in case of Homer, whose works he read every year for a month at the seashore—the proper place to read Homer, he said; and, as he also pointed out, there were twenty-four week-days in a month, and by taking a book of the Iliad before dinner, and a book of the Odyssey after dinner, he just finished his pleasant task. On rainy days, when he could not walk, he threw in the Homeric hymns; he moreover read a newspaper once a week, and occasionally ran through a few pages of Virgil and Cicero, just to satisfy himself that it was a waste of time for any one who could read Greek to look at anything else. Simple and perennial felicity! no vacillation, no variableness or shadow of turning; no doubting between literature or science, still less between this or that department of literature. Since all advisers bid us read only the best books, why not follow their counsel, and keep to Aeschylus and Homer? Who could have foreseen, in Dr. Popkin's day, the vast expansion of modern li
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, Index (search)
94 Channing, Walter, 214. Channing, W. E., 46, 66, 155. Channing, W. E. (of Concord), 103. Chaucer, Geoffrey, 179. Cherbuliez, Victor, 79. Chapelain, J., 91. Chaplin, H. W., 76. Chicago Anarchists, the, 68. Choate, Rufus, 213. Cicero, M. T., 4, 13,16, 171. City life, limitations of, 80. Claverhouse, Earl of, 47. Clemens, S. H., 29, 57. Cleveland, Grover, 110. Cobb, Sylvanus, 199, 200. Coleridge, S. T., 197, 215, 217. College education, value of, 113. Comte, Auguste Robinson, 17. D. Dante, Alighieri, 48,114, 185, 186, 187, 189, 196. Darwin, C. R., 29, 49, 124,125,137, 176, 187. Dead level, the fear of the, 70. Declaration of independence, applied to literature, 4. Delphic oracle, answer of, to Cicero, 4. Demosthenes, 69. Descartes, Rene, 71. Dickens, Charles, 12, 93, 183, 184, 206. Dickinson, Emily, 16. Digby, K. H., 116. Donnelly, Ignatius, 175. Dime novel, the test of the, 198. Disraeli, Benj., see Beaconsfield. Drake, Nath