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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 17: English and American gentlemen (search)
present time. In the autobiography of Anthony Trollope there is an especial chapter on the question, How a literary man should treat his social superiors --a chapter which is, to an American literary man, first ludicrous and then pathetic. Walter Besant in his Fifty Years Ago enumerated the list of eminent authors and scientists of the Victorian period, and pointed with what seemed like pride to the fact that they had had nothing to do with the court of Victoria. Now that he has been knightliege and amuse that august leisure. That this attitude was not inevitable we know by the very different tone of Burns; but the facility with which Scott fell into it shows the strength of the feudal tradition; while the attitude of Trollope and Besant shows that it still survives. But Scott's letters are of especial value for this: that they absolutely defeat the theory held by many Englishmen and some Americans as to the close resemblance between an aristocracy of birth and one of wealth.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 11 (search)
n he wrote, in the prospect of seeing Carlyle, Darwin, Tennyson, Browning, Tyndall, Huxley, Matthew Arnold, and Froude, with many minor yet interesting personalities. Since the day when I met these distinguished men another cycle has passed, and they have all disappeared. Of those whom I saw twenty-five years ago at the Athenaeum Club, there remain only Herbert Spencer and the delightful Irish poet Aubrey de - Vere,and though the Club now holds on its lists the names of a newer generation, Besant and Hardy, Lang and Haggard, I cannot think that what has been added quite replaces what has been lost. Yet the younger generation itself may think otherwise; and my task at present deals with the past alone. It has to do with the older London group, and I may write of this the more freely inasmuch as I did not write during the lifetime of the men described; nor do I propose, even at this day, to report conversations with any persons now living. My first duty in England was, of course,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
ncis, 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, 307. Boswell, James, 15. Bowditch, H. I., 176. Bowditch, Nathaniel, 50. Bowen, Francis, 53, 54. Boyesen, H. H.,
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1, Chapter 7: a summer abroad 1892-1893; aet. 73-74 (search)
he afternoon at Mrs. Moulton's reception and to dine with Sebastian Schlesinger.... Many people introduced to me-Jerome, author of Three Men in a Boat ; Molloy, songwriter; Theodore Watts, poetical critic of the Athenaeum. ... At the dinner I met Mrs. O'Connor, who turned out to be a Texan, pretty and very pleasant, an Abolitionist at the age of six.... July 15.... To the Harlands', where met Theodore Watts again, and had some good talk with him about Browning and other friends. Also Walter Besant, whom I greeted very warmly as our best friend. July 17. A sermon of surpassing beauty and power from the dear Bishop of Massachusetts [Phillips Brooks].... The power and spirit of the discourse carried me quite away. We waited to speak with him. I had a dear grasp of the hand from him. I shook my finger at him and said, Is this resting? He laughed and said, This is the last time. I shall not speak again until I reach Massachusetts. I wrote some lines on coming home, only half ex
Beal, J. A., II, 322. Bedford, Duchess of, II, 171. Bedford Hills, II, 364. Beecher, Catherine, I, 110. Beecher, H. W., I, 226, 365; II, 123, 235. Beethoven, L. van, II, 19, 157, 351. Belgium, I, 279, 280; II, 172. Belknap, Jane, I, 128. Bell, Helen, II, 150. Bellini, Vincenzo, II, 313. Bellows, H. W., II, 57. Benzon, Mrs., I, 265, 266. Berdan, Mrs., II, 227. Bergson, Henri, II, 401. Berlin, I, 93, 94; II, 12, 19. Bernhardt, Sarah, II, 227. Besant, Walter, II, 171. Bethany, II, 40. Bethlehem, II, 38. Bible, I, 46, 53, 109, 208, 254, 310, 323, 336, 340, 344, 385; II, 95, 174, 231. Bigelow, Mary, I, 145. Bigelow, Susan, I, 145; II, 231. Birckhead, Caroline, II, 233. Birckhead, Christopher, II, 407. Birckhead, Hugh, II, 410. Bird, F. W., Sr., II, 187. Bishop, Mr., I, 240, 241. Bisland, Elizabeth, II, 108. Bismarck, Otto von, II, 19, 303. Bjornson, Bjornstjerne, II, 243, 247. Black, Wm., II, 9. Bla
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, VIII (search)
this trait develops with civilization; a hundred wild dogs are more alike than their domesticated kindred, and so of a hundred wild men. If the step we have taken in America, away from courts and hereditary institutions, be a step in civilization, then it is certainly to lead to more individuality, not less. Even in England, where is marked individuality to be found? Surely, among the men who have made the name of England great; her artists, authors, inventors, scientific teachers. Yet Mr. Besant has lately pointed out, in a very impressive passage, that scarcely one of these men ever went near the court of England. The marked individuality of that nation, therefore, is distinctly outside of the court circle; and, if so, individuality would gain and not lose by dropping those circles altogether. The difficulty is that the court circle substitutes for this quality a mere variation of costume—a robe, a decoration. But in reality these things subdue individuality, instead of develo
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, Index (search)
stotle, 174, 232. Arnold, Sir, Edwin, 106, 110. Arnold, Matthew, 3, 5, 19, 20, 21, 22, 35, 38, 46, 91, 123, 195, 206, 208. Austen, Jane, 10, 15, 219, 229. Austin, Henry, 101. Austin, Sarah, 144. B. Background, the need of a, 113. Bacon, Lord, 114, 175. Bailey, P. J., 57. Bain, Alexander, 202. Balzac, H. de, 114. Bancroft, George, 107, 155. Bancroft, H. H., 172. Barker, Lemuel, 184. Bartlett, J. R., 216. Beaconsfield, Lord, 110, 167, 179, 180. Beecher, H. W., 60. Besant, Walter, 74. Bigelow, 54. Billings, Josh, 59. Black, William, 202. Blaine, J. G., 110. Blake, William, 218. Bonaparte, Napoleon, 28, 52, 109, 188, 234. Book catalogue, a Westminster Abbey, 152. Boston, the, of Emerson's day, 62. Boyesen, H. H., 144, 171. Bremer, Fredrika, 57. Bridaine, Jacques, 215. Brougham, Henry, 224. Brown, Charles Brockden, 51. Brown, John, 16, 155. Brown, J. Brownlee, 104. Browning, Robert, 25, 54, 55, 98, 196. Bryant, W. C., 100, 147. Bryce, James,