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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book 38 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life 22 0 Browse Search
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches 18 0 Browse Search
Matthew Arnold, Civilization in the United States: First and Last Impressions of America. 16 0 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 14 0 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.) 12 0 Browse Search
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life 12 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature 12 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays 12 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men 9 1 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 25 (search)
exaltation of a great public character, but hardly of a station. For there is no station which any American might not aspire to hold; and it would be the spirit in which he held it that made it exalted. This is at least the American habit of mind, and the interest we habitually take in what are called exalted stations in other countries is like that we feel in the Blue-coat School or the picturesque Beefeaters who do duty at the Tower of London, or the powdered footmen who are gradually vanishing from the streets of that city. The English habit of mind is different; as Matthew Arnold has said, it worships inequality. I remember a poor English woman, in an American city, who was thrilled with gratitude for a visit from a certain good-natured old lady, the widow of a very respectable physician. Only think, she said, Mrs. Came to see c — that great lady of rank! It seemed as if one born in the British Islands could not be quite contented without an exalted station to reverence
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 26 (search)
Miss Blank --naming a well-known teacher of the centre district. Can she manage that school? asked some one. She can manage any school, was the brief and decisive response. Miss Blank was accordingly put in, and in a few weeks the very boys who had ejected her predecessor were searching the woods for ground-pine with which to deck her school-room. She had applied a finer force. And this finer force has the interest of being in a manner an American patent. In France and Germany, Mr. Matthew Arnold's reports tell us, the school-mistress is a rare phenomenon, and is never assigned to a school for both sexes, except for the very youngest children. In England, under the recent school laws, she is becoming more abundant; but even there, not long since, her social position was so humble that Miss Jean Ingelow, in her Studies for stories, seriously blames an ambitious young woman with not being content with her modest lot as teacher, but indulging dreams of rising to the career of a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 27 (search)
I had happened to meet — it did not take long --not one of whom, I asserted, had what would be called in America good manners. In each case she admitted it, but found each case an exception. This one was a notorious oddity, and his father before him; that one was a recent creation ; the other was a law lord. Cite whom I might, the blue blood was never at fault. At last I said, Can the stream rise above its source? I hear of very rude things as done by the royal princes. Oh!, she said, they are not Englishmen; they are Germans! I believe that there is nothing worse for the manners as well as morals of a nation than to have a class which claims an hereditary privilege to establish its own standard, and which ends by imposing that standard on other people. The English aristocratic society, Matthew Arnold says, materializes the upper classes, vulgarizes the middle classes, and brutalizes the lower classes. For a few foolish Americans it does all three of these things at once
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 48 (search)
education has to adapt itself to this precocity of type. Moreover, it has to train to action as well as to learning; and, for something midway between learning and action, it has to train to the power of expression. Here is where the German system stops short; the German scholar obtains vast knowledge, but he ordinarily does it as a hewer of wood and drawer of water, until the cultivated French or English or American mind has applied to it the art of expression. For the philological study of the Greek and Latin classics, for instance, one must go to Germany; but you may explore a whole alcove of German editions and not gain so much of the peculiar aroma of Greek literature as you can obtain from Ampere's Grece, Rome, et Dante, or from Matthew Arnold's Essay on Translating Homer, or from our own Professor Palmer's extraordinary version of the Odyssey in rhythmic prose. For one, I do not ask for a mere reproduction of German methods until Germany itself is broadened and revivified.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, Index. (search)
e, 60. Adam, 7. Adams, Abigail, 114. Adams, John, 114. Aeschylus, 44. Agassiz, Louis, 96. Alcinous, 9, 11. Alice in Wonderland quoted, 132; In the looking-glass, 192. Allen, Ethan, quoted, 303. Allen, Grant, quoted, 212. Alumni, Society of Collegiate, 232, 235. American love of home, 281. Ampere, J. J., 248. Andersen, H. C., 265. Andrew, J. A., 38. Anglomania, 22. Aphrodite, 2. Apollo, Phoebus, 44, 47. Appleton, T. G., 22. Arab festivals, 226. Arnold, Matthew, quoted, 130. Also 133, 140, 248. Artemis, 2. Aryan race, traditions of the, 46. Astell, Mary, quoted, 89. Athena, 45. Audrey, 102. Auerbach, Berthold, quoted, 14. aunts, maiden, 38. Austen, Jane, quoted, 113. Also 156, 157, 160, 194. Authorship, difficulties of, 151, 202. B. Babies, exacting demands of, 41. Badeau, General, Adam, quoted, 103, 128. Bancroft, H. H., 225. Barnum, P. T., 108. Barton, Clara, 20. Baeudelaire, Charles, 302. Baxter