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George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Life of George Ticknor. (search)
a Plains there was a Dr. Brosius, a native of Strasburg, who gave instruction in mathematics. He was willing to do what he could for me in German, but he warned me that his pronunciation was very bad, as was that of all Alsace, which had become a part of France. Nor was it possible to get books. I borrowed a Meidinger's Grammar, French and German, from my friend, Mr. Everett, and sent to New Hampshire, where I knew there was a German Dictionary, and procured it. I also obtained a copy of Goethe's Werther in German (through Mr. William S. Shaw's connivance) from amongst Mr. J. Q. Adams's books, deposited by him, on going to Europe, in the Athenaeum, under Mr. Shaw's care, but without giving him permission to lend them. I got so far as to write a translation of Werther, but no farther. I was thus occupied through the summer and autumn of 1814. It was all very agreeable. I enjoyed my pursuits and mode of life very much. I had been much in whatever was most agreeable and intelle
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 4: (search)
in any other way fulfilled the commands of the Regency. Being rather weary after six weeks of constant study, Mr. Ticknor and Mr. Everett made a visit of five days to Hanover, leaving Gottingen September 19th, and returning the 24th, and found much interest in making the acquaintance of Feder,— for twenty-nine years professor in Gottingen,—Count Munster, Minister of State, Professor Martens, author of a work on the Law of Nations, much read in America, and Mad. Kestner, the original of Goethe's Charlotte. The following are passages from his journal in Hanover:— Hanover, September 20, 1815.—This morning I called on Count Munster, Minister of State for Hanover. I found him a man of about forty-five, well-built, tall, and genteel. He speaks English like a native, and though his conversation was not very acute, it was discursive and pleasant. I remained with him only a few moments, as there were several persons in waiting when I was admitted, whose business was much more im
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 5: (search)
eipsic. Dresden. Berlin. Weimar. visit to Goethe. receives the offer of the Professorship of F the earliest works of Klopstock, Wieland, and Goethe, that it is evident the spirit of regenerationd Burger. This number is certainly small, and Goethe alone survives, to maintain the glory of the d thirty-five; and Myer, the archaeologist, now Goethe's intimate friend, an old man of sixty or seve that after the deaths of Schiller and Herder, Goethe became intimate with Wieland. Schiller, he said, had profited much by his connection with Goethe, and borrowed much from his genius,—among other pieces, in his William Tell, which Goethe had earlier thought to have made the subject of an epic poem; but now they are all dead, and since 1813 Goethe has been alone in the world. He has much on nalis was, no doubt, from hints first given by Goethe. Among the many unpublished things he has of a man says, I am going to give an account of Goethe's life, as he himself represents it, and then [7 more...]
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 7: (search)
have heard him make many that were singular and extravagant. He told me incidentally that M. G. Lewis once translated Goethe's Faust to him extemporaneously, and this accounts for the resemblance between that poem and Manfred, which I could not bects so different that I hardly think they will ever undertake the expedition. When I happened to tell Lord Byron that Goethe had many personal enemies in Germany, he expressed a kind of interest to know more about it that looked extremely like Sh and when I added the story of the translation of the whole of a very unfair Edinburgh review into German, directly under Goethe's nose at Jena, Byron discovered at first a singular eagerness to hear it, and then, suddenly checking himself, said, as if half in earnest, though still laughing, And yet I don't know what sympathy I can have with Goethe, unless it be that of an injured author. This was the truth, but it was evidently a little more than sympathy he felt. In the whole I stayed an
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 10: (search)
eek at Madrid. Mad. de Tatistcheff had fitted up a neat theatre, and the party always began by a little French farce or comedy, which some of the diplomatists performed well, and which was amusing. She, however, never took a part in it, but reserved herself for an exhibition of more taste and effect afterwards; I mean the singularly striking and beautiful one of making natural pictures, for which her fine person admirably fitted her. This art was invented by the famous Lady Hamilton. When Goethe was in Italy, he was bewitched with it, and when he afterwards published his Wilhelm Meister, gave such glowing descriptions of the effect it is capable of producing, that all Germany took the passion for a while, and it has ever since been more successfully practised there than anywhere else. Mad. Schulze of Berlin, who represents in public, is now the most admired; but I never was where she exhibited, and those who have seen both, say Mad. de Tatistcheff is more beautiful, and does it wit
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 16: (search)
ought and expression was simple, direct, and fluent; not distinguished so much by originality of view or brilliancy of phrase, as by excellent sense and judicious and accurate statement. At the same time his voice and style of speaking, his brilliant eye and animated countenance, his whole bearing, as he sought to put himself in close communication with the minds of the young men before him, had much magnetic attraction. He doubtless kept in mind his observations in Germany and France, and Goethe's remark to him, that elo-quence does not teach. He did not read from a manuscript, after the first term, and thus the magnetism of the eye and the face was not lost. The students were provided with a printed syllabus of the arrangement of his subject. That of the Spanish lectures was printed in 1823, and the following extract is taken from the preface to it, adopting one or two verbal changes made by Mr. Ticknor in an interleaved copy. The Lectures on the History and Criticism of Sp
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 23: (search)
his report fills a considerable space. Salviati has just published an Italian translation of Goethe's Faust, a bold, and—from what I saw of it—not a successful undertaking, but he talked very agres head librarian, whom I knew here nineteen years ago; an interesting, learned man, who was long Goethe's private secretary. We barely went over the rooms, most of which I recollected well enough. Tglad to preserve. In the way of acquaintance, it so chanced that I began with Tieck, who, since Goethe's death, is the acknowledged head of German literature. He seems past sixty; stout and well-buiat I shall see what I did not see at all in Germany before,—the principal dramas of Schiller and Goethe properly represented. The theatre in both its parts is certainly excellent, and the old King anthe ceremony of announcing myself through his grand-maitre. In the evening we all went to see Goethe's Egmont, not a very effective play on the stage, but extremely well performed to-night. Demois<
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 24: (search)
ery interesting, till quite late, by conversation about Italy, etc. And one evening I went alone to Tieck's, who read to a small party, consisting of Bulow, Sternberg, Mad. de Luttichau, and two or three others, some acute remarks of his own upon Goethe, whom he treated with admiration, indeed, but with an admiration more measured and discriminating than is usual among the Germans. There remains still one evening more of which something special should be said,—an evening that we gave to seeinnition which occurred to Mr. Ticknor in this and his later visit to Europe. Steinla saw him in a room of the gallery, and, going towards him, called him at once by name, and referred to his former visit to him, which he made at the suggestion of Goethe. The strong impression he made caused several similar incidents. Of painters there are enough. Retzsch, though his coloring is bad, is undoubtedly at the head of the whole, and one of the most genial, original, and interesting persons I hav
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), Chapter 25: (search)
a good deal. Some company came in, and among the rest the Baroness von Arnheim, who has recently published a most ridiculous book, containing a sentimental correspondence, which, under the name of Bettina, or Little Betty, she carried on with Goethe when she was nearly forty years old and he above seventy, representing herself in it as a little girl of fifteen desperately in love with him. I saw it in Dresden, and thought it disgusting; and did not wonder that Mrs. Austin, in London, told menot get through it, though it is all the rage with multitudes in Germany. But this evening I perceived by her conversation that she must be the Bettina, whose other name I did not know, and I told her so . . . . . It is generally understood that Goethe had taste enough to be very little pleased with the sentimental and indecent nonsense of this lady's correspondence, though it was full of the most violent admiration and adoration of himself. Few of his letters appear, and they are very cool in
George Ticknor, Life, letters and journals of George Ticknor (ed. George Hillard), chapter 26 (search)
90, 102. Gesenius, W., 111. Gibraltar, visits, 235, 236. Gifford, William, 58, 60, 62, 294. Gilbert, Davies, 405. Giustiniani, Prince, Nuncio, 188, 193, 194 note. Godwin, Mrs., William, 130, 294. Godwin, William, 130, 294. Goethe, Wolfgang A. von, 113-115, 165, 211, 455, 490 note, 500. Goltz, Count, 122. Gonzales, librarian, Madrid, 197. Gott, Messrs., 438. Gottingen, 11, 395; G. T. arrives at, 69; life there, 70-107, 116-121; description of, 74, 75; leaves there, 121. visits, 113. Wellesley, Lady, Georgina, 189, 211, 306. Wellesley, Sir Henry (Lord Cowley), 188, 189, 209, 295. Wellington, Duke of, 62, 64, 65, 296. Wells, Samuel, 143. Wells, William, 8. Wentworth House, visits, 440-445. Werther, Goethe's, G. T. translates, 12. West, Benjamin, 63. West, Mr., 14. West Point, G. T Visitor to the Academy, 372; Examination, 372-376; visits, 386. Whately, Archbishop, 412 and note, 413– 451. Wheaton, Henry, 494, 496, 499, 501. Wheelock, Dr