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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 2: Hereditary traits. (search)
in some ways, a more elevating influence. Mrs. Fuller long outlived both daughter and husband, and I remember her very well. She must have been one of the sweetest and most self-effacing wives ever ruled by a strong-willed spouse. Her maiden name was Margaret Crane, and she was the daughter of Major Peter Crane, of Canton, Mass. Of what good Puritan stock she also came may be seen not alone in the sturdy militia-title which her father bore, but in the following picture, recalling some of Heine's or Erckmann-Chatrian's peasant sketches, of her old mother --the maternal grandmother of Margaret Fuller. The grand-daughter gives this description of the good lady, as she appeared in later life:-- Mother writes that my dear old grandmother is dead. I am sorry you never saw her. She was a picture of primitive piety as she sat, holding the Saints' Rest in her hand, with her bowed, trembling figure and her emphatic nods, and her bright, sweet blue eyes. They were bright to the las
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 4: country life at Groton. (1833-1836.) (search)
ieck, and some volumes of Richtel. She dipped a good deal into theology and read Eichhorn and Jahn in the original. She was considering what were then called the evidences of Christianity, and wrote to Dr. Hedge that she had doubted the providence of God, but not the immortality 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, Madame de Stael, Wordsworth, and Southey; with Sartor Resartus and some of Carlyle's shorter essays; besides a good deal of European and American history, including all Jefferson's letters. Mr. Emerson says justly that her reading at Groton was at a rate like Gibbon's. All this continuous study was not the easy amusement of a young lady of leisure; but it was accomplished under such difficulties and preoccupations that every book might almost be said to have cost her a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Chapter 18: literary traits. (search)
e erred as to Scott, and Margaret Fuller as to Lowell; but we must remember that Scott's poetry was all published when Coleridge's criticism was made; while Margaret Fuller wrote when Lowell had printed only his Class poem and two early volumes; the Biglow papers and Sir Launfal, and all the works by which he is now best known being still unwritten. It was simply a mistaken literary estimate, not flavored with the slightest personal sting ; and it would be hardly possible, in these milder days, for such a criticism to call out the kind of retaliation that is to be found in the Fable for critics. But that was a period, as has already been intimated, of great literary truculence; a time when, as Heine says of the Germans, an author, like an African chief, felt bound to moisten the base of his own throne with the blood of his slain foes. Lowell, probably, also thought that, in the case of Margaret Fuller, he was immolating the good-natured Longfellow's literary enemies with his own.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Margaret Fuller Ossoli, Index. (search)
07 Greene, A. G., 3, 163. Greene, W. B., 163. Greenough, Harriet (Fay), 36. Gregory, 0., 223. Greys, The, 225. Giinderode, Caroline von, 18,190-192. H. Hahn Hahn, Countess, 225. Harring, Harro, 219. Hasty, Captain, 275 276. Hasty, Mrs., 275, 278, 279. Hawthorne, Nathaniel, extract from Note-books, 103; other references, 173, 174, 178, 179. Hedge, F. H., letters to, 43, 44, 48, 63, 141,149, 150; other references, 3 22, 34, 44, 45, 62, 141-144, 146. 162, 188. Heine, Heinrich, 17, 45, 298. Heraud, John A., 145-147, 160, 161, 229; his magazine, 140, 145, 160. Herschel, F. W., 45. Higginsons, The, 52. Hoar, Elizabeth, letters from, 64, 119; other references, 8, 248, 249. Holmes, John, 24. Holmes, O. W., 24, 26, 80 84, 86. Hooper, Ellen (Sturgis), 154, 166. Houghton, Lord (R. M. Milnes), 69. Howe, Julia (Ward), 2. Howitts, the, 229. Hudson, H. N., 211. Hunt, Leigh, 146. Hutchinson Family, the, 176. I. Indians, study of the, 196.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 5 (search)
was to me a wholly new experience. He disapproved and distrusted all classical training, and was indifferent to mathematics; but he had read largely in French and German literature, and he introduced me to authors of permanent interest, such as Heine and Paul Louis Courier. He was also in a state of social revolt, enhanced by a certain shyness and by deafness; full of theories, and ready to encourage all independent thinking. He was withal affectionate and faithful. I was to teach his borobin or crow would perch and rest there as I was resting, or the sweet bell of the Newton Theological Seminary on its isolated hill would peal out what seemed like the Angelus. What with all these dreamings, and the influence of Jean Paul and Heine, the desire for a free life of study, and perhaps of dreams, grew so strong upon me that I decided to go back to Cambridge as resident graduate, there was then no graduate school,--and establish myself as cheaply as possible, to live after my own
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 6 (search)
as so woefully disappointed in the result that he left them after a while, falling back upon the world's people, as more carnal, possibly, but more companionable. Without a tithe of my cousin's eloquence, I was of a cooler temperament, and perhaps kept my feet more firmly on the earth or was more guarded in my experiments. Yet I was gradually drawn into the temperance agitation, including prohibition; the peace movement, for which, I dare say, I pommeled as lustily as Schramm's pupils in Heine's Reisebilder; the social reform debate, which was sustained for some time after the downfall of Brook Farm; and of course the woman's rights movement, for whose first national convention I signed the call in 1850. Of all the movements in which I ever took part, except the antislavery agitation, this last-named seems to me the most important; nor have I ever wavered in the opinion announced by Wendell Phillips, that it is the grandest reform yet launched upon the century, as involving the
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
edward, 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, 151, 155, 245. Hazlett, Albert, 229, 231. Hazlitt, William, 67. Hedge, F. H., 53, 175. Heine, Heinrich, 80, go, 120. Heinzelmann, 359. Heraud's monthly magazine, quoted, 167. Herttell, s,Thomas, 6. Hesiod, 92. Higginson, Barbara, 80. Higginson, F. J., 123. Higginson, Francis, 4, 114, 130. Higginson, John, 123. Higginson, Louisa (Storrow), 8, 10, 34, 160. Higginson, Louisa Susan, 101. Higginson, Stephen, senior, 4; description of, by W. H. Channing, 43. Higginson, Stephen, junior, 4. Higginson, T. W., birth and home, 3; school days, 19; college life, 42; resi
Francis Jackson Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison, 1805-1879; the story of his life told by his children: volume 1, Chapter 8: the Liberator1831. (search)
nd the white offenders were punished by being obliged to sit with them. In a word, the free colored people were looked upon as an inferior caste, to whom their liberty was a curse, and their lot worse than that of the slaves, with this difference—that while the latter were kept in bondage for their own good, it Lib. 1.10, 5. would have been very wicked to enslave the former for their good. The inhuman treatment of this class acted, even more than slavery itself, as a deterrent on Heinrich Heine, when tempted to seek a home in America. His poetic imagination gave him, on this subject, a truer moral insight than was to be found in pulpit or pew in the Northern United States. In his letters from Heligoland, under date of July 1, 1830, he writes: Die eigentliche Sklaverei, die in den meisten nordamerikanischen Provinzen abgeschafft, emport mich nicht so sehr wie die Brutalitat womit dic freien Schwarzen und dic Mulatten behandelt werden. Wer auch nur im entferntesten Grade von c
James Parton, Horace Greeley, T. W. Higginson, J. S. C. Abbott, E. M. Hoppin, William Winter, Theodore Tilton, Fanny Fern, Grace Greenwood, Mrs. E. C. Stanton, Women of the age; being natives of the lives and deeds of the most prominent women of the present gentlemen, Harriet Beecher Stowe. (search)
h her own tender hand, the arrow that had pierced the joints of the armor wherewith the system of slavery was clad, and had given the monstrous evil a mortal wound. She had furnished, in her Uncle Tom, one of the most beautiful embodiments of the Christian religion that was ever presented to the world. And if these last words, which were uttered by no other than the well-known Rev. John Angell James, seem extravagant praise, we have only to remind the reader that the celebrated critic, Heinrich Heine, whom no one can suspect of partiality in such a matter, after describing his gropings and flounderings amid the uncertain and unsatisfactory speculations of German philosophy, tells us how at length he came to quit Hegel, and to quote the Bible with Uncle Tom,--came, too, to see that there was a higher wisdom in the poor slave's simple faith than in the great philosopher's dialectics, and found peace and satisfaction in kneeling with his praying brother, Uncle Tom. After various excu
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, X (search)
s in the way of haste and shallowness, there is a profounder difficulty which besets the most careful critical work. It inevitably takes the color of the time; its study of the stars is astrology, not astronomy, to adopt Thoreau's distinction. Heine points out, in his essay on German Romanticism, that we greatly err in supposing that Goethe's early fame bore much comparison with his deserts. He was, indeed, praised for Werther and Gotz von Berlichingen, but the romances of August La Fontainonseule-ment de France, mais du monde entier), and that nobody less potent than the Duchesse de Longueville would have dared to go to sleep over his poem of La Pucelle? Yet this was in the time of Corneille, Racine, Moliere, and La Fontaine. Heine points out that it is not enough for a poet to utter his own sympathies, he must also reach those of his audience. The audience, he thinks, is often like some hungry Bedouin Arab in the desert, who thinks he has found a sack of pease and opens i
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