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d World are fundamentally one. The literature of the New World will inevitably have an accent of its own, but it must speak the mother-language of civilization, share in its culture, accept its discipline. It has been said disparagingly of Longfellow and his friends: The houses of the Brahmins had only eastern windows. The souls of the whole school lived in the old lands of culture, and they visited these lands as often as they could, and, returning, brought back whole libraries of books which they eagerly translated. But even if Longfellow and his friends had been nothing more than translators and diffusers of European culture, their task would have been justified. They kept the ideals of civilization from perishing in this new soil. Through those eastern windows came in, and still comes in, the sunlight to illumine the American spirit. To decry the literatures of the Orient and of Greece and Rome as something now outgrown by America, is simply to close the eastern windows,
(1917), also Thoreau, a critical study by Mark van Doren (1916). Note also Lindsay Swift, Brook Farm (1900), and The Dial, reprint by the Rowfant Club (1902). Chapter 7. Hawthorne, Works, 12 volumes (1882), Life by G. E. Woodberry (1902). Longfellow, Works, 11 volumes (1886), Life by Samuel Longfellow, 3 volumes (1891). Whittier, Works, 7 volumes (1892), Life by S. T. Pickard, 2 volumes (1894). Holmes, Works, 13 volumes (1892), Life by J. T. Morse, Jr. (1896). Lowell, Works, 11 volumes (18Samuel Longfellow, 3 volumes (1891). Whittier, Works, 7 volumes (1892), Life by S. T. Pickard, 2 volumes (1894). Holmes, Works, 13 volumes (1892), Life by J. T. Morse, Jr. (1896). Lowell, Works, 11 volumes (1890), Life by Ferris Greenslet (1905), Letters edited by C. E. Norton, 2 volumes (1893). For the historians, note H. B. Adams, Life and writings of Jared Sparks, 2 volumes (1893). M. A. DeW. Howe, Life and letters of George Bancroft, 2 volumes (1908), G. S. Hillard, Life, letters, and journals of George Ticknor, 2 volumes (1876), George Ticknor, Life of Prescott (1863), also Rollo Ogden, Life of Prescott (1904), G. W. Curtis, Correspondence of J. L. Motley, 2 volumes (1889), Francis Parkman, Wo
Lowell 172 Agassiz, Fiftieth birthday of, Longfellow 156 Age of reason, Paine 75 Ages, the,Emerson 129 Ballad of the French Fleet, a, Longfellow 155 Bancroft, George, 89,176, 177-78 Bcher, H. W., 216-17 Belfry of Bruges, the, Longfellow 156 Bells, the, Poe 5-6,192 Biglow papers 28 Bradstreet, Anne, 36-37 Bridge, the, Longfellow 156 Briggs, C. F., quoted, 190 Brook F John, 18, 32 Courtship of miles Standish, Longfellow 155 Craddock, C. E., see Murfre. Mary N. . P., 141 Crisis, the, Paine 75 Cristus, Longfellow 155-56 Cromwell, Oliver, 10 Brothers, S., 181 Dana, C. A., 141 Day is done, the, Longfellow 156 Day of doom, the, Wigglesworth 35-36 1 Ethan Brand, Hawthorne 134 Evangeline, Longfellow 155 Evening Revery, an, Bryant 106 Everelexander, 76-77 Hanging of the Crane, the, Longfellow 156 Harris, J. C., 246 Harte, Bret, 240-ne, 32 Hutchinson, Thomas, 12 Hiyperion, Longfellow 152 Indian Wars, Hubbard 89 Indians, in [8 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Afternoon landscape: poems and translations, Earlier poems. (search)
Earlier poems. The Madonna di San Sisto. [These verses, written and published at the age of nineteen, are here preserved, partly from their association with my dear old friend and college teacher, Professor Longfellow, who liked them well enough to include them in his Estray, in 1847.] look down into my heart, Thou holy Mother, with thy holy Son! Read all my thoughts, and bid the doubts depart, And all the fears be done. I lay my spirit bare, O blessed ones! beneath your wondrous eye impression cease! Still may the dark eyes whisper, “Courage! On!” The mild eyes murmur, “Peace!” Hymns. [These three hymns were written at the age of twenty-two, and were published anonymously in a collection edited by my friends Samuel Longfellow and Samuel Johnson. They are here inserted mainly because they have secured for themselves a semblance of permanent vitality in hymn-books, and are not always correctly printed.] I. I will arise and go unto my father. To Thine eternal
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Afternoon landscape: poems and translations, chapter 38 (search)
Poems from Thalatta. [The two poems which follow are from a volume called Thalatta; a book for the sea-side, edited by my friend Samuel Longfellow and myself in 1853.] I. Calm. 'T is a dull, sullen day,--the dull beach o'er In rippling curves the ebbing ocean flows; Along each tiny crest that nears the shore A line of soft green shadow rises, glides, and goes. The tide recedes,--the flat smooth beach grows bare, More faint the low sweet plashing on my ears, Yet still I watch the dimpling shadows fair, As each is born, glides, pauses, disappears. What channel needs our faith except the eyes? God leaves no spot of earth unglorified; Profuse and wasteful, lovelinesses rise; New beauties dawn before the old have died. Trust thou thy joys in keeping of the Power Who holds these faint soft shadows in His hand; Believe and live, and know that hour by hour Will ripple newer beauty to thy strand. II. the morning mist. The mist that like a dim soft pall was lying, Mingling the
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, VII: Henry David Thoreau (search)
ve Thoreau's journals printed? Ten years later, four successive volumes were made out of these journals by the late H. G. O. Blake, and it became a question if the whole might not be published. I hear from a local photograph dealer in Concord that the demand for Thoreau's pictures now exceeds that for any other local celebrity. In the last sale catalogue of autographs which I have encountered, I find a letter from Thoreau priced at $17.50, one from Hawthorne valued at the same, one from Longfellow at $4.50 only, and one from Holmes at $3, each of these being guaranteed as an especially good autograph letter. Now the value of such memorials during a man's life affords but a slight test of his permanent standing,--since almost any man's autograph can be obtained for two postage-stamps if the request be put with sufficient ingenuity;--but when this financial standard can be safely applied more than thirty years after a man's death, it comes pretty near to a permanent fame. It is tr
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, VIII: Emerson's foot-note person, --Alcott (search)
us consider the career of one who was born with as little that seemed advantageous in his surroundings as was the case with Abraham Lincoln, or John Brown of Ossawatomie, and who yet developed in the end an individuality as marked as that of Poe or Walt Whitman. In looking back on the intellectual group of New England, eighty years ago, nothing is more noticeable than its birth in a circle already cultivated, at least according to the standard of its period. Emerson, Channing, Bryant, Longfellow, Hawthorne, Holmes, Lowell, even Whittier, were born into what were, for the time and after their own standard, cultivated families. They grew up with the protection and stimulus of parents and teachers; their early biographies offer nothing startling. Among them appeared, one day, this student and teacher, more serene, more absolutely individual, than any one of them. He had indeed, like every boy born in New England, some drop of academic blood within his traditions, but he was born i
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, X. Charles Eliot Norton (search)
rly comrade, William Story, who shows himself in his letters wholly detached from his native land, and finds nothing whatever in his boyhood abode to attract him, although it was always found attractive, not merely by Norton, but by Agassiz and Longfellow, neither of whom was a native of Cambridge. The only safeguard for a solitary literary workman lies in the sequestered house without a telephone. This security belonged for many years to Norton, until the needs of a growing family made him about him. His inherited estate was so large that he led a life absolutely free in respect to the study of nature, and as Lowell, too, had the same advantage, they could easily compare notes. In answer to a criticism of mine with reference to Longfellow's poem, The herons of Elmwood, on my theory that these herons merely flew over Elmwood and only built their nests in what were then the dense swamps east of Fresh Pond, he writes to me (January 4, 1899): I cannot swear that I ever saw a heron'
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, chapter 13 (search)
tle newspaper cutting on my desk for five years, as a model of what wit and sympathy could extract from the humblest theme. Another stroke was of quite a different character. Out of the myriad translations of Homer, there is in all English literature but one version known to me of even a single passage which gives in a high degree the Homeric flavor. That passage is the description of the Descent of Neptune (Iliad, Book Xiii), and was preserved in Hale's handwriting by his friend Samuel Longfellow, with whom I edited the book Thalatta, --a collection of sea poems. His classmate, Hale, had given it to him when first written, and then had forgotten all about it. Had it not been printed by us there, it might, sooner or later, have found its way into that still unpublished magazine which Hale and I planned together, when we lived near each other in Worcester, Massachusetts,--a periodical which was to have been called the Unfortunates' magazine, and was to contain all the prose and
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Carlyle's laugh and other surprises, chapter 16 (search)
ectual atmosphere. One of the most widely known and generally useful of these at Cambridge — whether in his active youth or in the patient and lonely seclusion of his later years — was John Bartlett, best known as the author of the dictionary entitled Familiar quotations. He was born in Plymouth, June 14, 1820, was educated in the public schools of that town, and in 1836 entered the bookbinding establishment connected with the University bookstore in Cambridge, under John Owen, who was Longfellow's first publisher. In the next year Bartlett became a clerk in the bookstore, and soon showed remarkable talent for the business. In 1846 Mr. Owen failed, and Bartlett remained with his successor, George Nichols, but became himself the proprietor in 1849. He had shown himself in this position an uncommonly good publisher and adviser of authors. He had there published three editions of his Familiar quotations, gradually enlarging the book from the beginning. In 1859 he sold out to Sev
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