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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
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Mary Thacher Higginson, Thomas Wentworth Higginson: the story of his life 24 4 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 1: childhood (search)
's poets among English readers, is likely to hear Longfellow ranked at the head, with Whittier as a close secoat Whittier was born within five miles of the old Longfellow homestead, where the grandfather of his brother p quite different modes of rearing and education. Longfellow was the most widely travelled author of the Boston circle, Whittier the least so; Longfellow spoke a variety of languages, Whittier only his own; Longfellow haLongfellow had whatever the American college of his time could give him, Whittier had none of it; Longfellow had the habitsLongfellow had the habits of a man of the world, Whittier those of a recluse; Longfellow touched reform but lightly, Whittier was esseLongfellow touched reform but lightly, Whittier was essentially imbued with it; Longfellow had children and grandchildren, while Whittier led a single life. Yet in cLongfellow had children and grandchildren, while Whittier led a single life. Yet in certain gifts, apart from poetic quality, they were alike; both being modest, serene, unselfish, brave, industrd to cultivation by cultivated parents. Emerson, Longfellow, Holmes, Lowell, were essentially of this class;
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 2: school days and early ventures (search)
ch he himself recognised at a later time by his destruction of the volumes. Happy is he who has only this fault to deal with, and has no tinge of coarseness or mere frivolity for which to blush; and from all such elements Whittier was plainly free. Nevertheless, it must always remain one of the most curious facts in his intellectual history, that his first poetical efforts gave absolutely no promise of the future; he in this respect differing from all contemporary American poets-Bryant, Longfellow, Emerson, Holmes, Poe, and Lowell. Whittier's desires in youth were almost equally divided between politics and poetry; and there presently appeared a third occupation in the form of that latent physical disease which haunted his whole life. This obliged him to give up the editorship of the New England Review and to leave Hartford on Jan. 1, 1832. He had been editing the Literary remains of J. G. C. Brainard, an early Connecticut poet, and wrote a preface, but did not see it in print
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 8: personal qualities (search)
Inoculation! heavenly maid. Coleridge and the rest of his circle went through this period of impassioned declamation, and Whittier could not hope to escape it. At the dinners of the Atlantic Club, during the first few years of the magazine, I can testify that Whittier appeared as he always did, simple, manly, and unbecomingly shy, yet reticent and quiet. If he was overshadowed in talk by Holmes at one end and by Lowell at the other, he was in the position of every one else, notably Longfellow; but he had plenty of humour and critical keenness and there was no one whose summing up of the affairs afterward was better worth hearing. On the noted occasion,--the parting dinner given to Dr. and Mrs. Stowe,--the only one where wine was excluded save under disguise, I remember Whittier's glances of subdued amusement while Lowell at the end of the table was urging upon Mrs. Stowe the great superiority of Tom Jones to all other novels, and Holmes at the other end was demonstrating to th
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 11: early loves and love poetry (search)
I withhold the closing verse with its moral; a thing always hard for Whittier to forego. The next example of Whittier's range of love poetry is to be found in that exquisite romance of New England life and landscape, known as My Playmate, of which Tennyson said justly to Mrs. Maria S. Porter, It is a perfect poem; in some of his descriptions of scenery and wild flowers, he would rank with Wordsworth. It interprets the associations around him and the dreams of the long past as neither Longfellow, nor Lowell, nor Holmes, could have done it; the very life of life in love-memories in the atmosphere where he was born and dwelt. Many a pilgrim has sought the arbutus at Follymill or listened to the pines on Ramoth Hill with as much affection as he would seek the haunts of Chaucer; and has felt anew the charm of the association, the rise and fall of the simple music, the skill of the cadence, the way the words fall into place, the unexplained gift by which this man who could scarcely te
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 12: Whittier the poet (search)
ur lineage from the oppressed. Compared with him Longfellow, Holmes, and even Lowell, seem the poets of a clag where neither of the others attained. A few of Longfellow's poems have this, but Whittier it pervades; and e and aspect, Whittier surpasses all rivals.. . . Longfellow's rural pieces were done by a skilled workman, whave only the almost equally reticent Emerson. In Longfellow's memoirs, in Lowell's letters, we see them discuor, these being nine in all. The volume edited by Longfellow and Johnson, called Hymns of the spirit (1864), in England, in 1901, that they heard Whittier and Longfellow quoted and sung more freely than any other poets.doubtless a dramatic movement, an onward sweep in Longfellow's Wreck of the Hesperus and Sir Humphrey Gilbert same may be true of the quiet, emotional touch in Longfellow's The fire of Driftwood ; nor was there ever prodte, at the Asquam House, in 1882, on the death of Longfellow, in a copy of the latter's poems, belonging to my
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 13: closing years (search)
to a sedentary life. His love of nature was deep and constant, and more like that of Emerson and Thoreau, than that of Longfellow and Lowell. He liked to be actually immersed in outdoor life, not merely to enjoy it as an episode. He loved to recalhe reception they have given me. When I supposed that I would not be able to attend this ceremony I placed in my friend Longfellow's hands a little bit of verse that I told him, if it were necessary, I wished he would read. My voice is of a timorous nature, and rarely to be heard above the breath. Mr. Longfellow will do me the favour to read the writing. I shall be very much obliged to him, and hope at his ninetieth anniversary some of the younger men will do as much for him. After this, Longfellow, almost as shy of such functions as Whittier, could do no less than read the answering Response, which is here printed with the accompanying prefatory note, as it appears in Whittier's revised works. Response On the occasion of my se
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Index. (search)
entioned, 176, 177. Little Pilgrim, the, mentioned, 6. Livermore, Harriet, 13. Lloyd, Elizabeth (Mrs. Howell), 139. London, England, 77, 181. Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 37, 104, 141, 152, 155, 159, 162, 173, 177; leading poet, 1; compared with Whittier, 1; his Hyperion, mentioned, 151; his Kavanagh, mentioned, 151; quolavery convention, 62; description of, 107,108. Whittier, John (father of poet), 24, 27. Whittier, John Greenleaf, much read in England, 1; compared with Longfellow, 1, 2; interest in reforms, 3; birth, 4; ancestry, 4, 5; his homestead, 6-8; his Snow-bound, quoted, 6, 8-13; his Works, quoted, 6, 7, 19, 29, 34, 35, 52-55, 73s, 164; his Mabel Martin, 165; defects of execution, 165, 166; his The Vaudois Teacher, 166-168; his career, 168; his Proem, 168, 169; words written on death of Longfellow, 169, 170; his health, 171-174; his The Opium Eater, 175; receives honorary degree, 176; seventieth birthday celebration, 176-178; his summary of Dr. Holmes, 17