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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 4 0 Browse Search
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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), entry 1598 (search)
f escape, explains the great historian: Stay still; don't move; do what you have been accustomed to do; and consult your grandmother on everything. Almost equally incredible to us is the ardor of revolution that filled the world in those first days of our national life—the fact that one of the rulers of the world's mind in that generation was Rousseau, the apostle of all that is fanciful, unreal, and misleading in politics. To be ruled by him was like taking an account of life from Mr. Rider Haggard. And yet there is still much sympathy in this timid world for the dull people who felt safe in the hands of Mr. Perceval, and, happily, much sympathy also, though little justification, for such as caught a generous elevation of spirit from the speculative enthusiasm of Rousseau. For us who stand in the dusty matterof-fact world of to-day, there is a touch of pathos in recollections of the ardor for democratic liberty that filled the air of Europe and America a century ago with suc
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 11 (search)
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, to ascertain my proper posi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
39, 242, 327- Gasparin, Madame de, 266. Geary, J. W., 203, 205, 206. German influence on American thought, 188. Gibbon, Edward, 91, 358. Giles, Henry, 175. Gillmore, Q. A., 262. Goethe, J. F. W. von, 15, 42, 194, 348. Goodell, John, 251. Goodhue, J. M., 247. Gosse, Edmund, 289. Graeme, Christie, 233. Grandison, Sir, Charles, 15. Green, J. H., 102. Greene, W. B., 107, 175. Grenville, Tom, 166. Grimes, Mr., 143. Giinderode, Caroline von, 92, 93. Habersham, W. N., 18. Haggard, Rider, 273. Hale, E. E., 53, 175, 193, 194 Hale family, the, 75. Hall, A. O., 108. Hall, Fitzedward, 53. Hamel, M., 321. Hanway, James, 208. Harbinger, the, 101. Hardy, Thomas, 273, 352. Harrington, Mrs., 86. Harris, T. W., 56. Harvard University in 1837, 44; improvements in morals and manners, 46; elective system at, 57. Haven, Franklin, 76. Hawkins, N., 217. Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 12, 158, 168, 170, 171, 176, 297, 315. Hay, George, 55. Hay, John, 219. Hayden, Lewis, 140
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Book III (continued) (search)
sible (1897), Charles Major's When Knighthood was in flower (1898), Mary Johnston's Prisoners of Hope (1898) and To have and to hold (1899), Paul Leicester Ford's Janice Meredith (1899), Winston Churchill's Richard Carvel (1899) and The crisis (1901), Booth Tarkington's Monsieur Beaucaire (1900), Maurice Thompson's Alice of Old Vincennes (1900), Henry Harland's The Cardinal's Snuff-box (1901). In part they were an American version of the movement led in England by Robert Louis Stevenson, Rider Haggard, Conan Doyle, and Anthony Hope; the Ruritanian romance, for instance, of Anthony Hope was so popular as to be delightfully parodied in George Ade's The Slim princess (1907); all these tales were courtly, high-sounding, decorative, and poetical. But their enormous popularity—some of them sold half a million copies in the two or three years of their brief heyday—points to some native condition. In the history of the American imagination they must be thought of as marking that moment at w
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Index (search)
t, 535-36 Grosvenor, W. M., 438 Grote, 233 Grounds of theistic and Christian belief, 208 Groundswell, 356 Growth of the proletariat in America, the, 600 Guatimozin ou le Dernier Jour de l'empire Mexicain, 592-93 Guenn, 86 Gugler, J., 581 Guirot, 597 Gunnison, Capt., 152 Gunnison, Mrs., 151 Gypsy Trail, the, 296 Haase, 588 Habitation de St. Ybars, 594, 595 Hackett, J. H., 279 Hackett, J. K., 279 Hadley, A. T., 442 Hadley, James, 461, 462, 464, 477 Haggard, Rider, 91 Hail Columbia, 494, 495, 499 Haion 'hwa'tha, 619 Halbindianer, 581 Hale, Edward Everett, 120-21, 122, 164, 215, 316, 349, 415, 472 Hale, W. H., 434 Half century of conflict, a, 190 Hall, Bayard Rush, 75 Hall, C. C., 214 Hall, C. F., 168 Hall, Charles S., 496 Hall, E. H., 207 Hall, Fitzedward, 473, 474-75 Hall, G. Stanley, 239, 422 Hall, Sharlot M., 133 Hallam, 453, 456, 458 Halleck, Fitz-Greene, 40, 449, 549 Hallesche Nachrichten, 577 Halpern, M
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, The New world and the New book (search)
ticisms; and it is with him and with the school he represents that the hope of American literature just now rests. The reason why he finds no delicate shading or gradation of character unimportant is that he represents the dignity and importance of the individual man. When the future literary historian of the English-speaking world looks back to this period he will be compelled to say, While England hailed as great writing and significant additions to literature the brutalities of Haggard and the garlic flavors of Kipling, there was in America a student of life, who painted with the skill that Scott revered in Miss Austen, but not on the two inches of ivory that Miss Austen chose. He painted on a canvas large enough for the tragedies of New York, large enough for the future of America. Rich and luminous as George Eliot, he had the sense of form and symmetry which she had not; graphic in his characterization as Hardy, he did not stop, like Hardy, with a single circle of vi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, X (search)
Fuller says in his Holy State that learning hath gained most by those books on which the printers have lost; and if this is true of learning, it is far truer of that incalculable and often perplexing gift called genius. Young Americans write back from London that they wish they had gone there in the palmy days of literary society—in the days when Dickens and Thackeray were yet alive, and when Tennyson and Browning were in their prime, instead of waiting until the present period, when Rider Haggard and Oscar Wilde are regarded, they say, as serious and important authors. But just so men looked back in longing from that earlier day to the period of Scott and Wordsworth, and so farther and farther and farther. It is easy for older men to recall when Thackeray and Dickens were in some measure obscured by now forgotten contemporaries, like Harrison Ainsworth and G. P. R. James, and when one was gravely asked whether he preferred Tennyson to Sterling or Trench or Alford or Faber or M
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XXIII (search)
e best by seeing in how few lines he can put vividly before us some theme which Tennyson or Browning afterward hammers out into a long poem. In English literature there seemed to be developing, in the time of Addison, something of that steady, even, felicitous power which makes French prose so remarkable; but it has passed, since his day, possibly from excess of vigor, into a prolonged series of experiments. Johnson experimentalized in one direction, Coleridge in another; Landor, Macaulay, Carlyle, Ruskin, in other directions still; and the net result is an uncertain type of style, which has almost always vigor and sometimes beauty, but is liable at any moment to relapse into Rider Haggard and a fiddlestick's end. It is hard for our modest American speech to hold its own, now that the potent influence of Emerson has passed away; but we are lost unless we keep resolutely in mind that prose style ought not to be merely a bludgeon or a boomerang, but should be a weapon of precision.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XXIV (search)
e newspapers say, received so many advance orders as greeted a late story by Mr. Haggard. It is a curious illustration of the difference between the current literaras a part of the horticultural product. The peculiarity is, that in England Mr. Haggard's crop of weeds is counted into the harvest; his preposterous plots are gravr hand, one opens an American daily paper to see what is said about the latest Haggard publication, one is likely to happen upon something like this: We grudge it thook which disregarded those conditions. But that which practically excludes Mr. Haggard from the ranks of serious and accredited writers is not that his sentiment is not, like Hardy, write tactical observation where he means tactful; or, like Haggard, say those sort of reflections. It is a curious thing that on the very pointsy which thus selects its heroes, why should not the highest of all wreaths of triumph be given to Mr. Haggard's Umslopagaas, that dreadful-looking, splendid savage?
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, Index (search)
5. Francis, Philip, 190. Frederick II., 83. Freeman, E. A., 168. Froude, J. A., 116, 158, 203. G. Garfield, J. A., 111. Garrison, W. L., 49, 62. George IV., 111. Giants, concerning, 185. Gilder, R. W., 113. Gladstone, W. E., 110, 167. Goethe, J. W., 6, 17, 48, 66, 90, 97, 179, 182, 188, 189, 228, 229, 233. Goodale, G. H., 163. Gosse, E. W., 123, 195, Gordon Julien, see Cruger. Grant, U. S., 84, 123, 155. Greeley, Horace, 27. H. Hafiz, M. S., 229, 232. Haggard, Rider, 14, 93, 197, 198, 202, 205. Hale, E. E., 101. Hamerton, P. G., 168. Hardenberg, Friedrich von, 99. Hardy, A. S., 15, 202. Haring, John, 6. Harte, Bret, 11, 57, 58. Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 9, 41, 66, 84, 124, 126, 155, 218, 219. Hayley, William, 217, 218. Hayward Memoirs, the, 82, 226. Hazlitt, William, 216. Heine, Heinrich, 90, 109, 142, 159, 189, 229. Hemans, F. D., 179. High-water marks, concerning, 97. Hogg, James, 169. Holmes, O. W., 54, 62, 67, 97, 99, 178, 205.