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Benjamnin F. Butler, Butler's Book: Autobiography and Personal Reminiscences of Major-General Benjamin Butler 60 0 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life 41 5 Browse Search
Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 11. (ed. Frank Moore) 38 22 Browse Search
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Short studies of American authors 24 0 Browse Search
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 1. 22 0 Browse Search
Historic leaves, volume 3, April, 1904 - January, 1905 20 0 Browse Search
Benjamin Cutter, William R. Cutter, History of the town of Arlington, Massachusetts, ormerly the second precinct in Cambridge, or District of Menotomy, afterward the town of West Cambridge. 1635-1879 with a genealogical register of the inhabitants of the precinct. 19 5 Browse Search
Matthew Arnold, Civilization in the United States: First and Last Impressions of America. 17 15 Browse Search
Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 1. 14 0 Browse Search
Edward H. Savage, author of Police Recollections; Or Boston by Daylight and Gas-Light ., Boston events: a brief mention and the date of more than 5,000 events that transpired in Boston from 1630 to 1880, covering a period of 250 years, together with other occurrences of interest, arranged in alphabetical order 12 2 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Short studies of American authors, Hawthorne. (search)
usical composer Jomelli went to a teacher to seek,--the art of not being embarrassed by his own ideas. Mrs. Hawthorne told me that her husband grappled alone all winter with The scarlet letter, and came daily from his study with a knot in his forehead; and yet his self-mastery was so complete that every sentence would seem to have crystallized in an atmosphere of perfect calm. We see the value of this element in his literary execution, when we turn from it to that of an author so great as Lowell, for instance, and see him often entangled and weighed down by his own rich thoughts, his style being overcrowded by the very wealth it bears. Hawthorne never needed Italic letters to distribute his emphasis, never a footnote for assistance. There was no conception so daring that he shrank from attempting it; and none that he could not so master as to state it, if he pleased, in terms of monosyllables. For all these merits he paid one high and inexorable penalty,--the utter absence of a
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Short studies of American authors, Thoreau. (search)
r and censor, both Channing in his memoir, and Lowell in his well-known criticism, have brought the one who thus knew him to be quite patient with Lowell in what seems almost wanton misrepresentation. Lowell applies to Thoreau the word indolent: but you might as well speak of the indolence of a selt noisily, yet it never knows an idle moment. Lowell says that Thoreau looked with utter contempt o Study Windows, p. 206. but was it Thoreau, or Lowell, who found a voice when the curtain fell, aftehis stray papers in newspapers and magazines. Lowell accepts throughout the popular misconception —whole attitude has been needlessly distorted. Lowell says that his shanty-life was mere impossibili, p. 208. But what a man of straw is this that Lowell is constructing! What is this shanty-life ? Aashionable summer world to that safe retreat. Lowell himself has celebrated in immortal verse the s shanty. Let me not seem to do injustice to Lowell, who closes his paper on Thoreau with a genero[1 more...]