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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 18: birds of passage (search)
ge in common. Some of them had been published before and were grouped into a volume in 1863, which, making itself popular, was followed by two more volumes, finally united into one. We have what is not usually the case, the poet's own account of them, he having written thus to a correspondent in England: The Wayside Inn has more foundation in fact than you may suppose. The town of Sudbury is about twenty miles from Cambridge. Some two hundred years ago, an English family by the name of Howe built there a country house, which has remained in the family down to the present time, the last of the race dying but two years ago. Losing their fortune, they became innkeepers; and for a century the Red-Horse Inn has flourished, going down from father to son. The place is just as I have described it, though no longer an inn. All this will account for the landlord's coat-of-arms, and his being a justice of the peace, and his being known as the Squire, —things that must sound strange in Engl
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 24: Longfellow as a man (search)
Cleveland, a retired teacher and educational writer. Of these, Felton was a man of varied learning, as was Sumner, an influence which made Felton jocose but sometimes dogged, and Sumner eloquent, but occasionally tumid in style. Hillard was one of those thoroughly accomplished men who fail of fame only for want of concentration, and Cleveland was the first to advance ideas of school training, now so well established that men forget their ever needing an advocate. He died young, and Dr. Samuel G. Howe, a man of worldwide fame as a philanthropist and trainer of the blind, was put in to fill the vacancy. All these five men, being of literary pursuits, could scarcely fail of occasionally praising one another, and were popularly known as the mutual admiration society; indeed, there was a tradition that some one had written above a review of Longfellow's Evangeline by Felton, to be found at the Athenaeum Library, the condensed indorsement, Insured at the Mutual. At a later period this
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
ass., 61. Hirm, Me., 12. Holm, Saxe, 122. Holmes, Dr., Oliver Wendell, 1, 6, 57, 68, 146, 197, 273, 285, 294; on Evangeline, 194; on Longfellow, 287. Home Circle, the, quoted, 279. Homer, 5, 235. Hook, Theodore, 10. Horace, 19, 45. Howe, Dr. Samuel G., 284. Howe family, 214. Howells, William D., 126, 198; on Kavanagh, 200. Hudson River, 132, 248. Hughes, Mr., 96. Hugo, Victor, 3, 5, Humphreys, David, 23. Hunt, Helen, 122. Huron, Lake, 209. Hyperion, 55, 112, 113, 1Howe family, 214. Howells, William D., 126, 198; on Kavanagh, 200. Hudson River, 132, 248. Hughes, Mr., 96. Hugo, Victor, 3, 5, Humphreys, David, 23. Hunt, Helen, 122. Huron, Lake, 209. Hyperion, 55, 112, 113, 127, 134, 137-139, 171, 175, 260, 288; new literary style in, 70; development of, 124; criticism of, 125, 126; turgid rhetoric of, 128. India, 215. Indians, 18, 79, 129,132; Longfellow's plea for, 21; Longfellow plans poem about, 207, 208. Innsbruck, 223. Interlaken, 8. Irving, Washington, 7, 18, 46, 68, 80, 89, 132, 133, 249; Longfellow imitates, 26, 27; speaks of Longfellow, 50; his Sketch Book compared with Longfellow's Outre-Mer, 69-71. Italy, 33, 50, 55, 65, 96, 142, 223.
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