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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, I. A Cambridge boyhood (search)
own early struggles for knowledge. I cannot now recall what she said, but it sank into my heart, at the age of fifteen or thereabouts; and if I have ever done one thing to secure to women better justice in any direction, the first impulse came from that fortunate question and reply. More important, however, than all this, to my enjoyment, at least, was the musical atmosphere that pervaded the house. My youngest sister was an excellent pianist,--one of the first in this region to play Beethoven. Among the many students who came to the house there were three who played the flute well, and they practiced trios with her accompaniment. One of them was John Dwight, afterwards editor of the Journal of music, and long the leading musical critic of Boston; another was Christopher Pearse Cranch, poet and artist; and the third was William Habersham from Savannah, who had a silver flute, of which I remember John Dwight's saying, when it first made its appearance, It has a silver sound. W
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 5 (search)
launched, and indeed was the best launched man of his time, as Willis said. I used to go to his room and to read books he suggested, such as Puttenham's Arte of Poesie, and Chapman's plays. He did most of the talking; it was a way he had; but he was always original and trenchant, though I sometimes rebelled inwardly at his very natural attitude of leadership. We occasionally walked out together, late in the evening, from Emerson's lectures or the concerts which were already introducing Beethoven. Sometimes there was a reception after the lecture, usually at the rooms of a youth who was an ardent Fourierite, and had upon his door a blazing sun, with gilded rays emanating in all directions, and bearing the motto Universal unity. Beneath this appeared a neat black-and-white inscription, thus worded: Please wipe your feet. Our evening walks from Boston were delightful; and Longfellow's poem of The bridge does little more than put into verse the thoughts they inspired. The walk
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
les to, x. Autolycus, in Winter's tale, quoted, 64. Avis, John, 234. Bachi, Pietro, 17, 55. Bacon, Sir, Francis, 58. Baker, Lovell, 164. Baldwin, J. S., 248. Bancroft, Aaron, 15. Bancroft, George, 189. Bancroft, Mrs., George, 282, Banks, N. P., 237. Barnard, Henry, 9. Bartlett, Robert, 167, 190. Bartol, C. A., 175. Batchelder, Mr., 154, 155, 156, 157. Batchelder, Mrs. F. L., 4. Bearse, Andrew, 144, 148, 165. Beatrice, 76. Beck, Charles, 54. Bede, Adam, 219. Beethoven, Ludwig von, 8S, 95. Belot, Adolphe, 313. Belton, W. S., 138. Bem, Joseph, 86. Bemis, George, 175. Besant, Sir, Walter, 273. Bewick, John, 15. Bigelow, Luther, 251. Billings, Josh, 284. Bird, F. ., 237. birth of A literature, the, 167-195. Bishop, W. H., 312, 314. Blackstone, Sir, William, 88. Blake, Harrison, 181. Blanc, Charles, 322. Blanc, Louis, 304, 305, 309, 316, 317, 318, 320, 321, 322. Boarding-schools, Dangers of, 22. Boccaccio, Giovanni, 77. Borel, General, 30