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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 4: country life at Groton. (1833-1836.) (search)
l materialism was due to her early study of Kant. Margaret Fuller wrote at twenty-three, t I have with me those works of Goethe which I have not read and am now perusing, Kunst und Alterthum and Campagne in Frankreich. I still prefer reading GoethGoethe to anybody, and, as I proceed, find more and more to learn. Ms. letter to Dr. Hedge, July 4, 1833. She read also at this time Uhland, Novalis, Tieck, and some volumes of Richtel. She dipped a good deal into theology and read Eichhorn and Jaortality of the soul. During the few years following she studied architecture, being moved to it by what she had read in Goethe; she also read Herschel's Astronomy, recommended to her by Professor Farrar; read in Schiller, Heine, Alfieri, Bacon, Madr as I know, was in the Daily Advertiser, in 1834. She had wished during the previous autumn to print her translation of Goethe's Tasso, but had failed; and this newspaper communication was called forth by something written by George Bancroft. In a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 5: finding a friend. (search)
to Mr. Emerson, I had two reasons, if they may deserve to be so called, for wishing him to see my Tasso [translated from Goethe]. It gratified me that a mind which had affected mine so powerfully should be dwelling on something of mine, even though n one of her strong desires. Soon the borrowing of books becomes a constant theme. On April 11, 1837, she returns him Goethe's letters to Merck and the first two volumes of those to Zelter, and writes, I look to Concord as my Lethe and Eunoi aftemains, which she has ransacked pretty thoroughly, and The friend, with which she should never have done; also a volume of Goethe and one of Scougal, and she asks him on the outside of the note what these two worthies will be likely to say to one anothey journey side by side. She begs to keep for summer two volumes of Milton, two of Degerando, the seventh and eighth of Goethe's Nachgelassene Werke, besides one volume of Jonson and one of Plutarch's Morals. She also subscribes for two copies of
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 6: school-teaching in Boston and Providence. (1837-1838.) (search)
what man of intellectual pursuits, looking back on the struggles of his own early years, can throw a stone at Margaret Fuller? Providence, 1st March, 1838. My dear friend,--Many a Zelterian A phrase suggested by the correspondence between Goethe and Zelter, which she had been reading. epistle have I mentally addressed to you, full of sprightly scraps about the books I have read, the spectacles I have seen, and the attempts at men and women with whom I have come in contact. But I have noroism. Let me have these two lectures, at any rate, to read while in Boston. But her prediction was fulfilled; if she followed her literary longings she must leave Providence, and so she did. Mr. Ripley had suggested to her to write a life of Goethe, but it ended in a translation of Eckermann's Conversations with that great man, prefaced by one of her Dial essays on the subject and published in Ripley's series of Specimens of German authors, probably without compensation. Her plans and purp
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, chapter 7 (search)
two queens with some pleasure. William is the Conqueror. Perhaps it is from such association that I thought from earliest childhood I could never love one that bore another name; I am glad it was Shakespeare's. Shelley chose it for his child. It is linked with mine in ballad as if they belonged together, but the story is always tragic. In the Douglas tragedy, the beauty is more than the sorrow. In one of the later ones the connection is dismal. Ms. (W. H. C.) Again, after study of Goethe's Farbenlehre (Theory of Colors), she writes, with similar zest: Sunday, I have been reading, most of the day, the Farbenlehre. The facts interest me only in their mystical significance. As of the colors demanding one another in the chromatic circle, each demanding its opposite, and the eye making the opposite of that it once possessed. And of nature only giving the tints pure in the inferior natures, subduing and breaking them as she ascends. Of the cochineal making mordants to fi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 8: conversations in Boston. (search)
equate to be written down; and therefore likes to speak them, though conscious that even this amount of expression may not always be an advantage. She is going through the experience, in short, which all thinkers have had, and which her favorite Goethe has best formulated Thought expands, but lames; action animates, but narrows. It must be remembered that the feeling of desire to be among men and do her part, rather than linger in solitary self-culture, is still visible at this period. For finely, and devoted their fortunes, their peace, their repose, and their very lives to the preservation of the principles of the republic. While Margaret Fuller and her adult pupils sat gorgeously dressed, talking about Mars and Venus, Plato and Goethe, and fancying themselves the elect of the earth in intellect and refinement, the liberties of the republic were running out as fast as they could go, at a breach which another sort of elect persons were devoting themselves to repair; and my comp
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 9: a literary club and its organ. (search)
ce. There was a similar welcome afforded in America to Cousin and his eclectics, then so powerful in France; the same to Goethe, Herder, Jean Paul, Kant, Schelling, Fichte, Jacobi, and Hegel. All these were read eagerly by the most cultivated class so early as October 6, 1834, wrote in one of her unpublished letters, To Mrs. Barlow. Fuller Mss. 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 fiftyGoethe, and I have fifty-five. Carlyle-Emerson correspondence, i. 285. To have read fifty-five volumes of Goethe was a liberal education. Add to this, that Margaret Fuller, like Emerson, had what is still the basis of all literary training in the literature of Greece anGoethe was a liberal education. Add to this, that Margaret Fuller, like Emerson, had what is still the basis of all literary training in the literature of Greece and Rome — a literature whose merit it is that it puts all its possessors on a level; so that if a child were reared in Alaska and had Aeschylus and Horace at his fingers' ends, he would have a better preparation for literary work, so far as the mere f
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 10: the Dial. (search)
eadful has become vulgarized since its natal day. So much for impertinence! I am very glad I am to own these remarks about the Meister. As to the genius of Goethe, the statement, though so much better than others, is too imperfect to be true. He requires to be minutely painted in his own style of hard finish. As he never at while Emerson has retained the words humors and, in one case whipped, in spite of criticism, he has dropped the other causes of offense. The fine paragraph on Goethe now closes as follows:-- Let him pass. Humanity must wait for its physician still, at the side of the road, and confess as this man goes out that they have he more mystical sketches--Klopstock and Meta, The Magnolia of Lake Pontchartrain, Yucca Filamentosa, and i Leila ; as well as the more elaborate critical papers--Goethe, Lives of the great Composers, and Festus. Poetry was supplied by Clarke, Cranch, Dwight, Thoreau, Ellery Channing, and, latterly, Lowell; while Parker furnished
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 12: books published. (search)
o the Rev. F. H. Hedge, to print her translation of Goethe's Tasso. Published after her death, in her Art, 22, 1838, the series was to have included A Life of Goethe, in preparation for this work, from original documed one which, with Sarah Austin's Characteristics of Goethe, helped to make the poet a familiar personality to ce contains some excellent things, giving a view of Goethe more moderate than that which Carlyle had just brouhasizing them too much — some of the limitations of Goethe's nature. She does not even admit him to be in thea distinction admirably put. From the subject of Goethe followed naturally, in those days, that of Bettina ettina was about sixteen; and she in her letters to Goethe's mother, published in Correspondence of a child, gunderode (which I prefer to the correspondence with Goethe. The two girls are equal natures, and both in earnest. Goethe made a puppet-show for his private entertainment of Bettina's life, and we wonder she did not fee
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 14: European travel. (1846-1847.) (search)
eries of works of early Italian art collected by Roscoe. Statue of Roscoe by Chantrey. Afternoon. Sweet place on the banks of the Mersey, called the Dingle. Feeling of the man of letters toward the man of money. Park laid out by Mr. Gates for use of the public, a very good means of doing good. Marriage of Mr. J. at Dr. H.'s. Peculiar management of Fleas! Mrs. H. the translator of Spiridion. Fine heads of Godwin, Herwegh, Hoffmann von Fallersleben, Rachel. Splendid full length of Goethe, which I want for myself. Mem. to get a fine head of Rachel for Caroline. Herwegh, too, perhaps. 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. Very low views of life, comfortable and prudential advice as to marriage, envy of riches, thirst for fame avowed as a leading motive. Tuesday. Pay up bill. Great expensiveness of the Adelphi. Route
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 18: literary traits. (search)
If this feeling existed about Kant it was still stronger about Goethe. Even the genial Longfellow spoke of that monstrous book, the Eleellow's friend Felton translated Menzel's German Litature, in which Goethe appears as a pretender and quite a secondary person. Yet Margaret e same time, was supposed to model herself after the marble statue, Goethe. The charge was self-contradicting; and is worth naming only as beIn the most important period of her early life she wrote, As to Goethe . . . I do not go to him as a guide or friend, but as a great thinke, R. I., July 3, 1837. At this very time she was planning to write Goethe's biography and preparing to translate Eckermann's conversations wimy memory, during early life, such sentences as these-- Yes, 0 Goethe! but the ideal is truer than the actual. This changes and that chcta to her continuous criticisms, I should name her second paper on Goethe in the Dial; Dial, II. I (July, 1841, reprinted in Life without
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