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he canteen on the body of a dead enemy. A trifling incident of the second battle of Manassas remains in my memory more vividly than the hardest fighting of the whole day, and I never recall the incident in question without thinking, too, of De Quincey's singular paper, A vision of sudden death. The reader is probably familiar with the article to which I refer — a very curious one, and not the least admirable of those strange leaves, full of thought and fancy, which the Opium Eater scatterede, and its maddened horses-rushing straight down on the frail vehicle with which it soon came in collision. It was at the moment when the light little affair was dashed to pieces, the stage rolling with a wild crash over the boy and girl, that De Quincey saw in their awestruck faces that singular expression which he has described by the phrase, A vision of sudden death. It requires some courage to intrude upon the literary domain of that great master, the Opium Eater, and the comparison will
Henry Morton Stanley, Dorothy Stanley, The Autobiography of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, part 2.13, chapter 2.25 (search)
bout his inward thoughts, his best views of men, and matters political, literary, social, etc., etc., to get a complete knowledge of him. These letters only refer to Lowell and his immediate acquaintances, and there are very few things in them that a reader would care to hear twice. I could scarcely point to a dozen sentences, all told, that compel a pause. How different this is from what one could show in Ruskin, the prose poet of England, or in Carlyle; or in Boswell's Johnson, or in De Quincey, even! Yet, I admit, it is unfair to judge Lowell by his Letters only, and that we should examine his prose and poetry before deciding. Twice, only, was I thrilled, just a little, and then from sympathy with the bereaved husband and father. Had Lowell kept a journal like Sir Walter Scott, I feel the world would have had something worth reading. Sometimes I appear to look, as through a window, into the heart of the writer and his correspondent. There is something too frequent, also,
ceedingly light and easy, took ten days in summer and twelve in winter to perform this distance. In 1754 the prospectus of the flying coach set forth that, however incredible it may appear, this coach will actually (barring accidents) arrive in London four days and a half after leaving Manchester. Three years later the Liverpool flying coach undertook to do the distance between that city and London in three days. No great improvements in speed were made until Palmer, who, according to De Quincey, was twice as great a man as Galileo, because he not only invented mail-coaches (of more general practical utility than Jupiter's satellites), but married the daughter of a duke and succeeded in getting the post-office to use them. This revolutionized the whole business. The Manchester mail did its 187 miles in 19 hours; the Liverpool mail its 203 miles in 20 hours 50 minutes; the Devonport mail its 227 miles in 20 hours; the Holyhead mail its 261 miles in 26 hours 55 minutes; while the
Ernest Crosby, Garrison the non-resistant, Chapter 8: Garrison the non-resistant (search)
loftier power to a man. No, the strenuous man is not the soldier on horseback with saber drawn, but rather the man with folded arms who sees a new truth and utters it regardless of consequences. No one can injure the man who refuses to be hurt. You may kill him but you cannot touch the man in him. In another place I have given some examples Tolstoy and his message, Funk & Wagnalls Company, New York. of the power and influence of such men even upon the savages of America and Africa. De Quincey in one of his articles on Walking Stewart, the eccentric traveller, quotes the latter to the following effect: It was generally supposed, he said, that the civilized traveller among savages might lay his account with meeting unprovoked violence, except in so far as he carried arms for his protection. Now he had found it by much the safer plan to carry no arms. The most influential men in history have eschewed physical force as an instrument. What man of all has exerted the deepest, wid
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 1, chapter 19 (search)
al he is set against, for a reason which may strike you singular in a man willing to return slaves; but then we are bundles of inconsistencies, all of us. But this slave-hunter cannot abide Crittenden, because, listen! because he thinks an investment in dishonor is a bad investment! An investment in infidelity to the principles of liberty is a bad investment! Hunt slaves? Yes, it is a duty. Give some territory to slavery, and peril the Republican party Never, it is a bad investment ! De Quincey says: If once a man indulges in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; from robbing he comes next to drinking, and from that to ill manners and procrastination. Once enter this downward path, and you know not where you'll stop. Mr. Dana has, however, taken warning, and stops at man-stealing. Some of you will call this personality. I will tell you some time, when the hour serves, why I use personality. Enough now to remind you his clients are wealth, culture, power, a
Wendell Phillips, Theodore C. Pease, Speeches, Lectures and Letters of Wendell Phillips: Volume 2, The scholar in a republic (1881). (search)
the legislature to reform its code. The London Times proclaimed, twenty years ago, that intemperance produced more idleness, crime, disease, want, and misery, than all other causes put together; and the Westminster Review calls it a curse that far eclipses every other calamity under which we suffer. Gladstone, speaking as prime minister, admitted that greater calamities are inflicted on mankind by intemperance than by the three great historical scourges,--war, pestilence, and famine. De Quincey says, The most remarkable instance of a combined movement in society which history, perhaps, will be summoned to notice, is that which, in our day, has applied itself to the abatement of intemperance. Two vast movements are hurrying into action by velocities continually accelerated,--the great revolutionary movement from political causes, concurring with the great physical movement in locomotion and social intercourse from the gigantic power of steam. At the opening of such a crisis, had
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 8: the Southern influence---Whitman (search)
rely imaginative prose-writing is as unquestionable as Hawthorne's. He even succeeded, as Hawthorne did not, in penetrating the artistic indifference of the French mind; and it was a substantial triumph, when we consider that Baudelaire put himself or his friends to the trouble of translating even the prolonged platitudes of Eureka and the wearisome narrative of Arthur Gordon Pymr. Neither Poe nor Hawthorne has been fully recognized in England; and yet no Englishman of their time, unless De Quincey, has done any prose imaginative work to be named with theirs. But in comparing Poe with Hawthorne, we see that the genius of the latter has hands and feet as well as wings, so that all his work is solid as masonry, while Poe's is broken and disfigured by all sorts of inequalities and imitations; he did not disdain, for want of true integrity, to disguise and to falsify, and (I have myself seen proofs of this among the Griswold Mss.) to suggest or even prepare puffs of himself. But, mak
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, chapter 13 (search)
88. James II. 1688. The English Revolution. 1688. Pope and Gay born. 1700. Dryden died. 1700. Thomson born. 1703-1714. Queen Anne. 1704. Swift's Battle of the books and Tale of a Tub. 1707. Union of Scotland and England. 1707. Fielding born. 1709. The Tatler, edited by Steele. 1814. Wordsworth's The excursion. 1814. Scott's Waverley. 1815. Battle of Waterloo. 1817. Keats's Poems. 1817. Coleridge's Biographia Literaria. 1820-1830. George IV. 1821. De Quincey's Confessions of an English opium Eater. 1822-1824. Lamb's Essays of Elia. 1824-1828. Landor's Imaginary Conversations. 1826. E. B. Browning's Poems. 1829. Catholic Emancipation Act. 1830. Tennyson's poems, chiefly lyrical. 1832. Reform Bill passed. 1833. R. Browning's Pauline. 1833. Carlyle's Sartor Resartus. 1836. Dickens's Pickwick papers. 1837-1900. Victoria. 1841. Robert Peel Prime Minister. 1841. Punch established. 1842. Darwin's Coral Reefs.
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.), Chapter 14: Poe (search)
lado and William Wilson, or in certain studies of the pure imagination, as The fall of the House of Usher and The Masque of the red death. In all of these he displays a skill of construction and of condensation surpassed by few if any other workers in his field. In some—as in The Masque of the red death, or in Eleonora, or in his landscape studies—he shows himself a master of English style; and in two of his briefer studies— Shadow and Silence—he approaches the eloquence and splendour of De Quincey. His main limitations as a writer of the short story are to be found in the feebleness and flimsiness of his poorer work; in his all but complete lack of healthy humour; in his incapacity to create or to depict character; in his morbidness of mood and grotesqueness of situation. His friend, P. P. Cooke, wrote of him in 1847: For my individual part, having the seventy or more tales, analytic, mystic, grotesque, arabesque, always wonderful, often great, which his industry and fertilit
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.), Index (search)
, the, 373 Death in the School Room, 262 n. Death of Lyon, the, 281 Death of Stonewall Jackson, 307 Death of Wind-Foot, The, 262 n. De Bow's review, 313 Decanter of Madeira, 242 Deephaven, 382 Defence of liberal Christianity, 210 Defoe, 12, 68, 148, 374 Deland, Margaret Wade, 390 Delta (New Orleans), 295, 296 Democracy and other addresses, 247 Democratic review, the, 166, 168 Democratic Vistas, 270 Demosthenes, 96 Dennie, Joseph, 162, 162 n., 179 De Quincey, 68 Derby, George Horatio, 156, 158, 159 Descent into the Maelstrom, the, 68 De Selincourt, Basil, 263 n. Desiree's Baby, 390 Devil in manuscript, the, 19 Devil's delight, the, 305 Devon, W. A., 286 Diadem, the, 174 Dial, the, 20, 165, 166 Dialect notes, 365 Dialogue between a Semi-Calvinist and a Calvinist, 199 Diamond Lens, the, 373 Diaz, Bernal, 128 Dickens, 63, 100, 148, 152, 153, 232, 371, 378, 380, 384 Dictionary (Johnson), 124 Diogenes (Greek
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