Our hundred days. The Professor at the Breakfast table
and The poet at the Breakfast table
are less successful variations of The Autocrat
Neither professors nor poets are at their best at this meal.
wrote three novels-of which Elsie Venner
, a somewhat too medical story, is the best remembered-memoirs of his friends Emerson
, and many miscellaneous essays.
His life was exceptionally happy, and his cheery good opinion of himself is still contagious.
To pronounce the words Doctor Holmes
in any company of intelligent Americans
is the prologue to a smile of recognition, comprehension, sympathy.
The word Goldsmith
has now lost, alas, this provocative quality; the word Stevenson
still possesses it. The little Doctor
, who died in the same year as Stevenson
, belonged like him to the genial race of friends of mankind, and a few of his poems, and some gay warm-hearted pages of his prose, will long preserve his memory.
But the Boston
which he loved has vanished as utterly as Sam Johnson
James Russell Lowell
was ten years younger than Holmes
, and though he died three years before the Doctor
, he seems, for other reasons than those of chronology, to belong more nearly to the