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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises 76 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays 20 2 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature 12 0 Browse Search
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life 9 1 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.) 8 0 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799- (search)
Alcott, Amos Bronson, 1799- Educator: born in Wolcott, Conn., Nov. 29, 1799. He became a successful teacher of an infant school in his native State. Removing to Boston, he soon became conspicuous as a teacher of the very young. He finally settled in Concord, Mass., where he studied natural theology and the best methods for producing reforms in diet, education, and civil and social institutions. By invitation, he went to England in 1842, to teach at Alcott House, a name given to a school at Ham, near London. Returning to America, with two English friends, he attempted the founding of a new community, calling the farm Fruit lands. It was a failure, and in 1840 he again went to Concord, where he afterwards resided, living the life of a peripatetic philosopher, conversing in cities and in villages, wherever invited, on divinity, human nature, ethies, as well as on a great variety of practical questions. He was one of the founders of the school of transcendentalists in New Engla
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888 (search)
Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888 Author; born in Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 29, 1832; daughter of Amos Bronson Alcott. In 1862 she volunteered as a nurse, and for mouths labored in the military hospitals. In 1868 she published Little women, which almost immediately made her famous. Her other works are, Flower Fables, or fairy tales; Hospital sketches; An old-fashioned girl; a series called Aunt Jo's scrap bag, containing My boys, Shawl straps, Cupid and Chow-Chow, My girls, Jimmy's cruise in the Pinafore, and An old-fashioned Thanksgiving; Work, a story of experience; Eight cousins; Rose in bloom; Silver pitchers; Under the Lilacs; Jack and Gill; Moods; Proverb stories; Spinning-wheel stories; Lulu's Library, etc. She died in Boston, Mass., March 6, 1888.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
r Hayden, geologist, born 1829, dies at Philadelphia......Dec. 22, 1887 Ex-Secretary of the Treasury Manning, born 1831, dies at Albany, N. Y.......Dec. 24, 1887 Secretary Lamar resigns......Jan. 7, 1888 Asa Gray, botanist, born 1810, dies at Cambridge, Mass.......Jan. 30, 1888 David R. Locke, Petroleum V. Nasby, Confederate X Roads, born 1833, dies at Toledo, O.......Feb. 15, 1888 W. W. Corcoran, philanthropist, born 1798, dies at Washington, D. C.......Feb. 24, 1888 A. Bronson Alcott, born 1799, dies at Boston, Mass., March 4, and Louise M. Alcott, his daughter, novelist, born 1832, dies at Boston......March 6, 1888 Blizzard on the Atlantic coast; thirty lives lost; $10,000,000 worth of property destroyed; about 4 feet of snow falls in New York City, and drifts in the streets 10 to 20 feet deep......March 12-13, 1888 Chief-Justice Morrison R. Waite, born 1816, dies at Washington, D. C.......March 23, 1888 Brighton Beach Hotel, Kings county, N. Y., a woode
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.), Chapter 8: transcendentalism (search)
talism the natural sequel of Puritanism. Channing. the German influence. the transcendental Club. the General principles of transcendentalism. its Vagaries. Alcott. Ripley. Brook Farm. the Dial. Margaret Fuller. Parker. abolitionism. the relations of European and American transcendentalism. the essentially native chagun when on 19 September-after a still smaller preliminary conference-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Henry Hedge, Convers Francis, James Freeman Clarke, and Amos Bronson Alcott met at the house of George Ripley and formed an organization to aid an exchange of thought among those interested in the new views in philosophy, theology, sts, Quakers, Abolitionists, Calvinists, Unitarians, and Philosophers. Surely these were wild and transcendental times! Of the members of the Club it was Amos Bronson Alcott, father of Louisa May Alcott, who was particularly singled out as a target for the shafts of a jesting and unsympathetic public. The stories told of him,
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.), Index. (search)
17 Adventures of Captain Bonneville, 210 Adventures of Joseph Andrews, the, 12 Adventures of Robin day, the, 311 Advertisements for the Unexperienced planters of New-England, 17 Advice to such as would remove to America, etc., 101 Afloat and ashore, 302, 305 Ages, the, 262 Agrippa, Letters of, 148 Aiken, G. L., 227 Aimard, Gustave, 325 Akenside, 165, 263, 263 n. A l'abri, 241 Alarm to the legislature of the province of New York, an, 136 Alciphron, 81 Alcott, Amos Bronson, 333, 336-339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 345, 347 Alcott, Louisa May, 337, 338 Alcott, (Mrs. A. Bronson), 338 Alcuin, 288 Alexander Selkirk, 178 n. Algerine Captive, the, 236, 287 Alhambra, the, 239, 257 Allen, Ethan, 310 Allen, Paul, 180, 205 Alnwick Castle, 282 Alsop, George, 151 Alsop, Richard, 164, 165, 175 America, commerce, and freedom, 179 American Company, 217, 218, 219 American democrat, the, 302 American Ethnological Society, 196 American Farmer,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 6 (search)
bly, the first effort to secure to married women the property rights now generally conceded. All of us were familiar with the vain efforts of Garrison to enlist the clergy in the anti-slavery cause; and Stephen Foster, one of the stanchest of the early Abolitionists, habitually spoke of them as the Brotherhood of Thieves. Lawyers and doctors, too, fared hard with those enthusiasts, and merchants not much better; Edward Palmer writing against the use of money, and even such superior men as Alcott having sometimes a curious touch of the Harold Skimpole view of that convenience. It seems now rather remarkable that the institution of marriage did not come in for a share in the general laxity, but it did not; and it is to be observed that Henry James speaks rather scornfully of the Brook Farm community in this respect, as if its members must have been wanting in the courage of their convictions to remain so unreasonably chaste. I well remember that the contrary was predicted and expect
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, V. The fugitive slave epoch (search)
el May just mentioned, saying that a slave had been arrested, and the case was to be heard on Saturday morning; that a meeting was to be held on Friday evening at Faneuil Hall, and it was important that Worcester should be well represented. Mr. A. B. Alcott also came thither on the same errand. I sent messages to several persons, and especially to a man of remarkable energy, named Martin Stowell, who had taken part in a slave rescue at Syracuse, New York, urging them to follow at once. Going the steps, but I dissuaded him from entering alone, and he waited. Then followed one of the most picturesque incidents of the whole affair. In the silent pause that ensued there came quietly forth from the crowd the well-known form of Mr. Amos Bronson Alcott, the Transcendental philosopher. Ascending the lighted steps alone, he said tranquilly, turning to me and pointing forward, Why are we not within? Because, was the rather impatient answer, these people will not stand by us. He said no
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 8 (search)
s genius if its focus be a little too short or a little too long? --Alcott, Ellery Channing, Weiss, Wasson, Brownlee Brown, each of whom beque largely to afford a local habitation and dignified occupation to Mr. Alcott. Had its christening been left to the latter, a rhetorical grandy nearly went to pieces; and Mr. Sanborn has printed in his Life of Alcott a characteristic letter from Emerson to myself, after I had, in ordual Boston at five dollars a head. The fine phrase introduced by Mr. Alcott into the constitution, the economies of the club, proved only tooosopher; he philosophizes about everything. To Worcester came also Alcott and Thoreau, from time to time; the former to give those mystic monty, and found Thoreau a dry humorist, and also a good walker; while Alcott, although he too walked, usually steered for a convenient log in thuit the latter. I had also many other affairs on hand, being, as Mr. Alcott said of me, a man of tasks; and all these, while multiplying enjo
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
Index. Abbott, J. G., 128. Abolitionists, the, 139. About, Edmond, 313. Adam, 139, 800. Adams, C. F., 21, 52, 53, 137. Adams, Hannah, 6. Agassiz, Alexander, 283. Albion, the, 189. Alcott, A. B., 117, 147, 158, 169, 173, 175, 181, 191. Alexander the Great, 126. Alford, Henry, 110. Alger, W. R., 105. Allston, Washington, 45. American Reforms, largely of secular origin, 116. Anderson, Mary, 287. Andrew, J. A., 106, 243, 246, 247, 248. Andrews and Stoddard, 21. Andrews, Jane, 129. Andromeda, 89. Aper, a Roman orator, 361. Aristophanes, 301. Arnold, Matthew, 272, 282, 283. Aspinwall, Augustus, 125. Atchison, D. R., 213. Athletic exercises, influence of, 59. Atlantic Circle of Authors, the, 168, 187. Atlantic Club, the, 172, 176. Austin, Mrs., Sarah, 359. Autobiography, Obstacles to, x. Autolycus, in Winter's tale, quoted, 64. Avis, John, 234. Bachi, Pietro, 17, 55. Bacon, Sir, Francis, 58. Baker, Lovell, 164. Baldwin,
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life, V: the call to preach (search)
y new views and intimate that all things aren't exactly right, the conservatives lose no time in holding up their fingers and branding him as an unsafe person—fanatic, visionary, insane and all the rest of it—this has been the case with all reforms great and small and moreover there is often some ground for it because it is the enthusiastic (i.e. half cracked people) who begin all reforms. Mrs. Child you know has long been proscribed as an entirely unsafe person and as for Mr. Emerson and Mr. Alcott, it does n't do for a sober person even to think of them. Miss Channing was a disciple of James Freeman Clarke, and Higginson was thus led to attend his church. There under Dr. Clarke's influence he began to think of studying for the ministry. But he deprecated haste and wrote to his betrothed, I have declared my independence of this invariable law of our young men's sacrificing everything else to going ahead quick. Over this new project, Wentworth pondered long, now rejecting the
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