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[183] or the larger lessons of history itself; a fascinating realistic writer who admired Scott, Byron, and Cooper for their tales of action, and despised Wordsworth and Thoreau as effeminate sentimentalists who were preoccupied with themselves. In Parkman “the wheel has come full circle,” and a movement that began with expansion of self ended in hard Spartan repression, even in inhibition of emotion.

Becoming “enamoured of the woods” at sixteen, Parkman chose his life work at eighteen, and he was a man who could say proudly: “I have not yet abandoned any plan which I ever formed.” “Before the end of the sophomore year,” he wrote in his autobiography, “my various schemes had crystallized into a plan of writing the story of what was then known as the Old French War, that is, the war that ended in the conquest of Canada, for here, as it seemed to me, the forest drama was more stirring and the forest stage more thronged with appropriate actors than in any other passage of our history. It was not till some years later that I enlarged the plan to include the whole course of the American conflict between France and England, or, in other words, the history of the American forest: for this ”

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