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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 9: a literary club and its organ. (search)
Shelleywere eagerly read in the United States; and Carlyle found here his first responsive audience. There was. i. 15. our master, Goethe; and Emerson writes to Carlyle (April 21, 1840), I have contrived to read almost every volume of Goethe, and I have fifty-five. Carlyle-Emerson correspondence, i. 285. To have read fifty-five or of a Life of Savonarola, and described in one of Carlyle's most deliciously humorous sketches as a loquaciou now when I find he cannot pronounce the h's. When Carlyle once quoted to him the saying of Novalis, that the at I am doing, answered the aspiring, unaspirating. Carlyle-Emerson correspondence, i. 276, 277. Nothing wa-who, upon a far higher plane of character, as even Carlyle would have admitted, was engaged in the same rathermy Public! On March 18, 1840, Emerson writes to Carlyle: My vivacious friend, Margaret Fuller, is toill be written with a good will, if written at all. Carlyle-Emerson correspondence, i. 270. Again he says,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 10: the Dial. (search)
rious fact that the only early Dial to which Parker contributed nothing was that which called down this malediction from Carlyle:-- The Dial, too, it is all spirit-like, aeriform, auroraborealislike. Will no Angel body himself out of that; nond a coat on his back? Carlyle-Emerson Correspondence, i. 352 Yet Theodore Parker was a good deal more stalwart than Carlyle, had more color in his cheeks, and wore a more presentable coat on his back; and he had written an exceedingly straightfoarding-house with as infirm a head as mine, and none to ward off interruptions, sick or well. Emerson wrote thus to Carlyle (March 31, 1842) in regard to the final transfer of editorship to himself: I should tell you that my friend Margarannot believe it? Carlyle-Emerson Correspondence, i. 366. It is to be noticed that Emerson in his printed letters to Carlyle habitually speaks of the magazine as Margaret Fuller's, and speaks of giving his lectures to her for publication rather
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 11: Brook Farm. (search)
was the profoundest moral element, on the whole, but a multitude of special enterprises also played their parts. People habitually spoke, in those days, of the sisterhood of reforms, and it was in as bad taste for a poor man to have but one hobby in his head as for a rich man to keep but one horse in his stable. Mesmerism was studied; gifted persons gave private sittings for the reading of character through handwriting; phrenology and physiology were ranked together; Alcott preached what Carlyle called a potato gospel; Graham denounced bolted flour; Edward Palmer wrote tracts against money. In a paper published in the Dial for July, 1842, on the Convention of friends of universal reform in Boston, Emerson says of that gathering:-- If the assembly was disorderly, it was picturesque. Madmen, madwomen, men with beards, Dunkers, Muggletonians, Come-outers, Groaners, Agrarians, Seventh-Day Baptists, Quakers, Abolitionists, Calvinists, Unitarians, and Philosophers — all came succ
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 12: books published. (search)
o English-speaking readers. For one, I can say that it brought him nearer to me than any other book, before or since, has ever done. This volume was published at Boston, by Hilliard, Gray & Co., in 1839,--her preface being dated at Jamaica Plain on May 23 of that year,--and I suspect that she never had any compensation for it beyond the good practice for herself and the gratitude of others. Her preface contains some excellent things, giving a view of Goethe more moderate than that which Carlyle had just brought into vogue, though she still was ardent and admiring enough. But she points out very well — though perhaps emphasizing them too much — some of the limitations of Goethe's nature. She does not even admit him to be in the highest sense an artist, but says, I think he had the artist's eye and the artist's hand, but not the artist's love of structure, --a distinction admirably put. From the subject of Goethe followed naturally, in those days, that of Bettina Brentano, whos
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 14: European travel. (1846-1847.) (search)
ller], 6 State Street, Boston, which day you will come. I should like to take the letter to Carlyle, and wish you would name the Springs in it. Mr. S. has been one of those much helped by Mr. C. haps. Head of Catharina of Russia. Colossal and Ideal head of Beethoven. Early letters of Carlyle, written in the style of the Life of Schiller, occasionally swelling into that of Dr. Johnson. h, De Quincey, Joanna Baillie. Browning, just married, had gone to Italy. Her descriptions of Carlyle are almost as spicy as Carlyle's own letters, and she dismisses Lewes in almost as trenchant a Carlyle's own letters, and she dismisses Lewes in almost as trenchant a manner as that in which Carlyle dismissed Heraud. Best of all for her, she made acquaintance with Mazzini, whom she was soon to meet again in Italy. She was very cordially received, her two volumesCarlyle dismissed Heraud. Best of all for her, she made acquaintance with Mazzini, whom she was soon to meet again in Italy. She was very cordially received, her two volumes of Miscellanies having just been favorably reviewed by the English press; she was inundated with invitations and opportunities, and could only mourn, like so many Americans since her day, that thes
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Index. (search)
phy studied, 24. Browne, M. A., 39. Browning, Elizabeth (Barrett), 220, 314. Browning, Robert, 19, 69, 220, 229. Brownson, 0. A., 142-144, 147, 148. Brutus, defense of, 47-50. Bryant, William Cullen, 131. Buckingham, J. T., 77. Bull, Ole, 211. Burges, Tristam, 87. Burleigh, Charles, 176. Burns, Robert, 226. C. Cabot, J. E., 159. Cambridge, Mass., between 1810 and 1830, 32. Campbell, Thomas, 290. Carlyle-Emerson Correspondence, 4, 135, 145, 151, 164, 170. Carlyle, Thomas, 45 69 102 135,145, 164, 175, 190, 220, 222, 22. Cass, Lewis, Jr., 241; letter to, 266; letter from, 234. Chalmers, Thomas, 229. Chambers, Robert, 226. Channing, Edward T., 33. Channing, W. E. (Boston), 63, 86, 106, 122, 144, 171. Channing, W. Ellery (Concord), 30, 100, 156, 164, 307. Channing, Ellen (Fuller), 30, 81, 52, 55, 92, 234. Channing, W. H., letters to. 91, 110, 111, 120, 148, 151, 161, 180, 183, 191, 201, 207, 308, 309; other references, 3, 34, 206, 212, 279.
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), To Miss Augusta King. (search)
as he falls, and the river smiles that he comes to her unharmed. It is the old instinct that peopled nature with the graceful forms of naiad, dryad, and oread. Thus imperfectly, with all our strivings, do we spell out the literature of God, as Margaret Fuller eloquently calls creation . A truce with my Orphic sayings! Here am I well nigh thirty-nine years old, and cannot for the life of me talk common sense. What shall I do to place myself in accordance with the received opinions of mankind? if I had been a flower or a bird, Linnaeus or Audubon might have put me into some order; if I had been a beaver or an antelope, Buffon might have arranged me. One would think that being a woman were more to the purpose than either; for if to stand between two infinities and three immensities, as Carlyle says (the two infinities being cooking done and to be done, and the three immensities being making, mending, and washing), if this won't drive poetry out of a mortal, I know not what will.
Lydia Maria Child, Letters of Lydia Maria Child (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier, Wendell Phillips, Harriet Winslow Sewall), Standard and popular Library books, selected from the catalogue of Houghton, Mifflin and Co. (search)
4.50, 1 vol. 12mo, $3.00. John Burroughs. Wake-Robin. Illustrated. 16mo, $1.50. Winter Sunshine. 16mo. $1.50. Birds and Poets. 16mo, $1.50. Locusts and Wild Honey. 16mo, $r.50. Pepacton, and Other Sketches. 16mo, $1.50. Thomas Carlyle. Essays. With Portrait and Index. Four volumes, crown 8vo, $7.50. Popular Edition. Two volumes, $3.50. Alice and Phoebe Cary. Poems. Household Edition. 12mo, $2.00. Library Edition. Portraits and 24 illustrations. 8vo, $4.0000. .25. Faust. Translated into English Verse. By Bayard Taylor. 2 vols. royal 8vo, $9.00; cr. 8vo, $4.50; I vol. 12mo, $3.000 Correspondence with a Child. Portrait of Bettina Brentano. 12110, $1.50. Wilhelm Meister. Translated by Thomas Carlyle. Portrait of Goethe. 2 vols. 12mo, $3.00. Bret Harte. Works. New complete edition. 5 vols. 12mo, each $2.00. Poems. Household Edition. 12mo, $2.00. Nathaniel Hawthorne. Works. Little Classic Edition. Illustrated. 24 vols.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 5 (search)
of bright young people was not strictly a part of the Transcendental Movement, it was yet born of the Newness. Lowell and Story, indeed, both wrote for The Dial, and Maria White had belonged to Margaret Fuller's classes. There was, moreover, passing through the whole community a wave of that desire for a freer and more ideal life which made Story turn aside from his father's profession to sculpture, and made Lowell forsake law after his first client. It was the time when Emerson wrote to Carlyle, We are all a little wild here with numberless projects of social reform; not a reading man but has a draft of a new community in his waistcoat pocket. I myself longed at times to cut free from prescribed bondage, and not, in Lowell's later phrase, to pay so much of life for a living as seemed to be expected. I longed anew, under the influence of George Sand and of Mrs. Child's Letters from New York, to put myself on more equal terms with that vast army of hand-workers who were ignorant o
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 11 (search)
years later than the time when he wrote, in the prospect of seeing Carlyle, Darwin, Tennyson, Browning, Tyndall, Huxley, Matthew Arnold, and ily, I had not then read. We met better upon a common interest in Carlyle, a few days later, and he took me to see that eminent author, and y, I described this occasion, and dwelt on the peculiar quality of Carlyle's laugh, which, whenever it burst out in its full volume, had the Nothing could well be more curious than the look and costume of Carlyle. He had been living in London nearly forty years, yet he had the near. The oldest boy, looking from one to another of us, selected Carlyle as the least formidable, and said, I say, mister, may we roll on this here grass? Carlyle stopped, leaning on his staff, and said in his homeliest accents, Yes, my little fellow, ye may r-r-roll at discrayt(Miss Spartalis) had posed; and three large photographs of Darwin, Carlyle, and Tennyson himself,the last of these being one which he had chr
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