I remember, that quite late in the fifties, I mentioned to Theodore Parker the desire which I began to feel to give living expression to my thoughts, and to lend to my written words the interpretation of my voice. Parker, who had taken a friendly interest in the publication of my first volumes, ‘Passion Flowers’ and “Words for the hour,” gave his approval also to this new project. “The great desire of the age,” he said, “is for vocal expression. People are scarcely satisfied with the printed page alone: tley crave for their instruction the living voice and the living presence.” ...Of the title essay she says:-- “I remember that I was once invited to read this essay to a village audience in one of the New England States. My theme was probably one quite remote from the general thought of my hearers. As I went on, ”
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