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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, I. A Cambridge boyhood (search)
oston merchants a permanent reputation; he was, indeed, frequently mentioned --as his cousin, John Lowell, wrote of himas the Howard or the Man of Ross of his day. I still possess a fine oil paintings? Landor's hero was not happier than my playmate, Charles Parsons, and myself, as we lay under Lowell's willows at the causey's end, after a day at Mount Auburn,--then Sweet Auburn still,to sort out the imagination. Sometimes I had companions, -my elder brother for a time, and his classmates, Lowell and Story. I remember treading along close behind them once, as they discussed Spenser's Faerieer high-bred look, and overflowing with fun and frolic, as indeed he was during his whole life. Lowell was at that time of much more ordinary appearance, short and freckled, and a secondary figure bearties, usually at Mount Auburn, and showed in the chilly May mornings that heroic courage which Lowell plaintively attributes to children on these occasions. But all this sporting with Amaryllis soo
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 4 (search)
aracter in the greater world which was not represented more or less among my classmates, or dealt with any thought or principle which was not discussed in elementary form in our evening walks up Brattle Street. Harvard College was then a comparatively small affair, as was the village in which it existed; but both had their day of glory, which was Commencement Day, now a merely academic ceremonial, but then a public festival for eastern Massachusetts. It has been so well described by both Lowell and John Holmes that I will not dwell upon it in detail. The streets were filled with people, arriving from far and near; there were booths, fairs, horseraces, encampments of alleged gamblers in outlying groves. Perhaps the most striking single illustrations of the day's importance lay in the fact that the banks in Boston were closed on that day, and that Boston gentlemen, even if not graduates of the college, often came to Cambridge for a day or two, at that time, taking rooms and receiv
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 8 (search)
, Hawthorne, Whittier, Holmes, Longfellow, and Lowell, to name only the six most commonly selected trifler, Longfellow occasionally commonplace, Lowell often arrogant. All this criticism was easier Club would be the more suitable designation. Lowell marred the dignity of the former proposal by sn of women was a vexed question at the outset, Lowell thought the Patty pan quite appropriate. Upon of Elizabeth Peabody and Mary Lowell Putnam — Lowell's sister, and also well known as a writer — onand Charles Lenox Remond being proposed. This Lowell strongly favored, but wrote to me that he thou We seated ourselves at table, Mrs. Stowe at Lowell's right, and Miss Prescott at Holmes's, I nexts, and greatly affected my own literary life. Lowell had been, of course, an appreciative and a sym in the number. Fields had the advantage over Lowell of being both editor and publisher, so that hethe magazine than any other contributor except Lowell and Holmes. Fields was constantly urging me t[5 more...]<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, chapter 11 (search)
his own books, and it seemed to me that he must be like Wordsworth, as we find him in the descriptions of contemporaries,--a little too isolated in his daily life, and too much absorbed in the creations of his own fancy. Lord Houghton, his lifelong friend, said to me afterwards, Tennyson likes unmixed flattery. This I should not venture to say, but I noticed that when he was speaking of other men, he mentioned as an important trait in their character whether they liked his poems or not,--Lowell, he evidently thought, did not. Perhaps this is a habit of all authors, and it was only that Tennyson spoke out, like a child, what others might have concealed. He soon offered, to my great delight, to take me to the house of Mrs. Cameron, the celebrated amateur photographer, who lived close by. We at once came upon Mr. Cameron -a very picturesque figure, having fine white hair and beard, and wearing a dressing-gown of pale blue with large black velvet buttons, and a heavy gold chain. I
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays, Index. (search)
ture, Toussaint, 270. Lovering, Joseph, 53, 54. Lowell, Charles, 103. Lowell, J. R., 24, 28, 37, 42, 53, 55, 67, 700, 75, 76, 77, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 103, 110, 118, 126, 128, 168, 1700 171, 173, 174, 176, 178, 179, 180, 182, 184, 186, 295. Lowell, John, 5. Lowell, Maria (White), 67, 75, 76, 77, 101. Lynch, John, 235, 236. Lyttelton, Lord, 289. Macaulay, T. B., 170. Macbeth, 265. Mackay, Mr., 202. Mackintosh, Sir, James, 272. Malot, Hector, 313. Man of Ross, The, 5. Mangual, PLowell, Maria (White), 67, 75, 76, 77, 101. Lynch, John, 235, 236. Lyttelton, Lord, 289. Macaulay, T. B., 170. Macbeth, 265. Mackay, Mr., 202. Mackintosh, Sir, James, 272. Malot, Hector, 313. Man of Ross, The, 5. Mangual, Pedro, 22. Mann, Horace, 142. Marcou M., 321. Marshall, John, 15. Martin, John, 210. Martineau, Harriet, 126. Mary, Queen, 35. Mason, Charles, 54. Maternus, a Roman poet, 361. Mather, Cotton, 4. Mather, Increase, 53. May, S. J., 327. May, Samuel 146, 147. Meikeljohn, J. M. D., 015. Melusina, 42. Mercutio, in Romeo and Juliet, quoted, 263. Mill, J. S., 101, 121, 122. Millais, J. E. t 332. Miller, Joaquin, 289. Mills, Harriet, 19. Minot, Francis, 62. Montaigne, Mi