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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 227 5 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature 144 0 Browse Search
Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 2 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 112 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier 56 0 Browse Search
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters 50 0 Browse Search
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing) 26 0 Browse Search
Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life 24 4 Browse Search
Cambridge sketches (ed. Estelle M. H. Merrill) 12 0 Browse Search
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches 11 1 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 2 8 0 Browse Search
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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Longfellow (search)
Longfellow It has been estimated that there were four hundred poets in England in the time of Shakespeare, and in the century during which Dante lived Europe fairly swarmed with poets, many of them of high excellence. Frederick II. of Germanyy were of their military exploits. Frederick II. may be said to have founded the vernacular in which Dante wrote; and Longfellow rendered into English a poem of Richard's which he composed during his cruel imprisonment in Austria. A knight who couwhole barrelful of poetry in his house, much of it excellent, but that there was no use he could make of it. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was as irrepressible a rhymer as John Watts himself, and fortunately he had a father who recognized the value obut he said: I think I may call myself a tramp. I tramp a good deal; but you may tell your mother that my name is Henry W. Longfellow. He afterwards called on the mother in order to explain himself, and to congratulate her on having such fine chil
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, T. G. Appleton. (search)
with whom he could discuss the celebrated works in the galleries of Europe. He soon became known as a man who had something to say, and who knew how to say it. He told the Italian picture-dealers to cheat him as much as they could, and he gave amusing accounts of their various attempts to do this. He knew more than they did. After this time he lived as much in Europe as he did in America. Before 1860 he had crossed the Atlantic nearly forty times. The marriage of his sister to Henry W. Longfellow was of great advantage to him, for through Longfellow he made the acquaintance of many celebrated persons whom he would not otherwise have known, and being always equal to such occasions he retained their respect and good will. One might also say, What could Longfellow have done without him? His conversation was never forced, and the wit, for which he became as much distinguished in social life as Lowell or Holmes, was never premeditated, often making its appearance on unexpected oc
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Leaves from a Roman diary: February, 1869 (Rewritten in 1897) (search)
sed, to give himself distinction. A young lady was thrown from her horse, and he was the first person to come to her assistance. She thanked him for it at the time, but two days afterwards declined to recognize his acquaintance. This was probably because he was an artist, or rather sets up for one, for he is more like a gentleman of leisure. My last visit to the Longfellows. The Longfellow party will soon depart for Naples, and I went to the Costanzi to make my final call. Mr. Henry W. Longfellow was alone in his parlor cutting the leaves of a large book. He said that his brother had gone to the Pincion with the ladies, but would probably return soon. Everything this man says and does has the same grace and elevated tone as his poetry. I took a chair and pretty soon he said to me, How do you like your books, Mr. S? For my part, I prefer to cut the leaves of a book, for then I feel as if I had earned the right to read it. I replied that I liked books with rough edges if