About the same time he commenced his Biglow Papers, which did not wholly cease until 1866, and were the most incisive and aggressive anti-slavery literature of that period.
Soon afterwards he wrote The vision of Sir Launfal, which has become the most widely known of all his poems, and which contains passages of the purest a priori verse.
Goethe, who exercised so powerful an influence on Emerson, does not appear to have interested Lowell at all.
The most plaintive of Beethoven scherzos,that in the Moonlight Sonata,--says as if it were spoken in words:
Once we were happy, now I am forlorn; Fortune has darkened, and happiness gone.
Lowell's poetic marriage did not last quite ten years. Maria White was always frail and delicate, and she became more so continually.
Longfellow's clear foresight noticed the danger she was in years before her death, which took place in the autumn of 1853.
She left one child, Mabel Lowell, slender and pale like herself, and wi
--so sympathetic, appreciative, full of strong good sense, and fresh original views.
She has small mercy on newly-converted Catholics.
The faults of men, she said, are chiefly those of strength, but the faults of my own sex arise from weakness.
I happened to refer to Mr. Appleton's bust of Aurelius, and she said she was surprised he had purchased it, for it did not seem to her a satisfactory copy; a conclusion that I had been slowly coming to myself.
She has a bronze replica of Story's Beethoven which, like most of his statues, is seated in a chair, and a rather realistic work, as Miss Cushman admitted.
I judged from the conversation at table that she is not treated with full respect by the English and American society here, although looked upon as a distinguished person.
The reason for this may be more owing to the social position of her relatives than her former profession.
Mrs. Trelawney, the wife of Byron's eccentric friend, spoke of her to me a few days ago in terms of th
opinion at the time, or the opinion of others, without sufficient consideration.
American society in Rome is always split up into various cliques,--which is not surprising in view of the adventitious manner in which it comes together there,--and in Hawthorne's time the two leading parties were the Story and the Crawford factions.
The latter was a man of true genius, and not only the best of American sculptors, but perhaps the greatest sculptor of the nineteenth century.
His statue of Beethoven is in the grand manner, and instinct with harmony, not only in attitude and expression, but even to the arrangement of the drapery.
Crawford's genius was only too well appreciated, and he was constantly carrying off the prizes of his art from all competitors.
Consequently it was inevitable that other sculptors should be jealous of him, and should unite together for mutual protection.
Story was a man of talent, and not a little of an amateur, but he was the gentlemanly entertainer of tho