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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 4: Longfellow (search)
eproached with being wheedled, Who will be kind to him if I am not? There are few finer instances in literature of generosity to an assailant than when he wrote to Poe after the latter's trivial and scurrilous attacks, this answer to a propitiatory letter: You are mistaken in supposing that you are not favorably known to me. On td to stand among the first romance writers of the country, if such be your aim. Life of Longfellow by his brother, I. p. 377. This was written May 19, 1841, when Poe's Tales of the Grotesque and the Arabesque were published, but almost unknown. He fared on the whole mildly with the critics, and the most serious charge made ard critics, who were absolutely powerless to hurt him. He rarely read their attacks, though he had a habit of preserving them; and the really outrageous assaults of Poe, for instance, fell off from him as from a marble statue. He was for the last dozen years of his life distinctly the First Citizen of Cambridge. He was always fai
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 5: Lowell (search)
t him that was mighty provoking. The influence of his wife scarcely tempered this, for she saw always his nobler side, and met his impassioned poetry with strains as ardent. She loved him, as she wrote,--- For that great soul whose breath so full and rare Doth to humanity a blessing bear, Flooding its dreary waste with organ tone. That side was undoubtedly the true Lowell; yet it must be remembered that it was a time, in American literature, of defiant and vehement mutual criticism. Poe was disfiguring the press with the bitterness and scurrilous quality of his attacks; it was thought a fine thing to impale somebody, to make somebody writhe, to get even with somebody, and it was hard for younger men to keep clear of this flattering temptation. Years before the founding of the Atlantic Monthly, Lowell once described to Thaxter and myself, at the Isles of Shoals, an imaginary magazine which he would like to edit: We will have in it, he said, a department headed by a vignette
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Index (search)
friendships, 124; Craigie House, 124-127; appearance, 128-129; second marriage, 130; Hiawatha, 131; Evangeline, 131; Psalm of life, 131-133; Hyperion, 134; diaries, 134-135; troublesome correspondents, 136; influence upon music, 137; kind words to Poe, 137; critics, 138; translations, 140; college work irksome, 141; as a teacher, 142-143; death, 144; 147, 150, 170. Longfellow, Mrs. H. W. (Mary S. Potter), 119, 122. Longfellow, Mrs. H. W. (Frances M. Appleton), 130. Longhorn, Thomas, 9.43. Peirce, C. S., 16. Peirce, J. M., 16. Percival, J. G., 175, 191. Perry, T. S., 70. Petrarch, Francis, 191. Phelps, E. J., 195. Phillips, M. D., 68. Phillips, Wendell, 104, 179. Phillips, Willard, 44. Pierce, Pres., Franklin, 113. Poe, E. A., 137, 144, 173. Pope, Alexander, 90, 91. Popkin, Dr. J. S., 23. Potter, Barrett, 119. Pratt, Dexter, 126. Pratt, Rowena, 126. Putnam, Rev., George, 54, Putnam, Mrs. S. R., 16. Puttenham, George, 159. Quincy, Edmund, 67, 104. Quincy,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 56 (search)
e readily admitted that the contributions of American women to the poetry and fiction of the day are abundant and creditable. But it must be remembered that journalism itself is hardly more ephemeral than all poetry or fiction short of the highest; and our rapid American life has already created and forgotten several generations of such short-lived celebrities. In Griswold's laborious Female poets of America, published some forty years ago, there is hardly a name that is now remembered; and Poe and Willis in those days used to place a crown of the most perishable materials on the head of every woman who flattered them or whom they wished to flatter. Apart from their tributes, a place on Parnassus was supposed to be securely held by the Davidson sisters, for instance, two half-developed girls, who earned by their pathetic early deaths what really passed for fame. It is doubtful whether a place more permanent can be assigned to the good-natured Cary sisters. A greater loss to memor
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, Index. (search)
Palmer, Professor G. H., 248. Parnell, C. S., 272. Parochialism, 222. Patience quoted, 51. Peabody Museum of American Archaeology, 287. Perdita, 102, 103. Petrarch, Francisco, quoted, 75, 285. Phelps, E. J., 137. Phi Beta Kappa Society, the, 288. Philanthropist, improvidence of a, 188. Phillips, Wendell, 284, 309. Pike, Owen, quoted, 212, 213. Pinart, Mrs., Nuttall, 286. Pisani, Catherine de, 86. Plato cited, 178. Plea for the uncommonplace, A, 192. Poe, E. A., 289. Pontius cum Judaeis, 256. Porter, Jane, 157. Precieuses, the, 87. Presidency in United States, 128. Prince Hal, 49. publisher, the search after A, 151. Punch and Judy, the brutality of, 254. Purse, the independent, 115. Q. Quite rustic, 100. R. Rachel, 250, 252, 263. Radcliffe, Ann, 160. Rambouillet, Marquis de, 86. Ramona, influence of, 236. Rank in England, 126. Recamier, Madame, 76, 77. Relationship to one's mother, on one's, 43. retu
176, 180-182 Muir, John, 244-45 Murders in the Rue Morgue, the, Poe 194 Murfree, Mary N. (C. E. Craddock), 247 My garden acquainck Occurrences, 60 Puritans, The, 34-35 Purloined letter, the, Poe 193 Quarterly, the, 88 Rainy day, the, Longfellow 156 Ramona, Jackson 248 Ramoth Hill, Whittier 138 Raven, the, Poe 192 Read, T. B., 225 Reality of spiritual life, the, Edwards 50 Reaper and th Tales of a Wayside Inn, Longfellow 155 Tamerlane and other poems, Poe 89 Taylor, Bayard, 255 Telling the Bees, Whittier 158 Tennesse Ticknor, George, 89, 111, 178, 216 Timrod, Henry, 225 To Helen, Poe 189, 192 Tom Sawyer, Clemens 238 Tour of the prairies, Irving 91 Twicetold tales, Hawthorne 148 Tyler, Professor, 64 Ulalume, Poe 192 Uncle Tom's cabin, Stowe 98, 208, 219, 220-23 Union of the died (1892), 255 William and Mary College, 62 William Wilson, Poe 194 Williams, Roger, 2, 16,19, 2-34, 38, 40-41 Willis, N. P., 10
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, VII (search)
force of that great impulse is spent. For one thing, the results of the war have liberated the Southern literary genius, and that part of the nation, so strangely unprolific till within twenty-five years, is now arresting its full share of attention, and perhaps even more than its share. It is difficult to say just how far the influence of a literary tonic extends, and Goethe might doubtless be cited as an instance where art was its own sufficient stimulus. In the cases of a writer like Poe, we trace no tonic element. The great anti-slavery agitation and the general reformatory mood of half a century ago undoubtedly gave us Channing, Emerson, Whittier, Longfellow, and Lowell; not that they would not have been conspicuous in any case, but that the moral attribute in their natures might have been far less marked. The great temporary fame of Mrs. Stowe was identified with the same influence. Hawthorne and Holmes were utterly untouched by the antislavery agitation, yet both yiel
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XI (search)
The crowning instances of high-water marks are in those poems which, like Blanco White's sonnet, alone bear the writer's name down to posterity. How completely the truculent Poe fancied that he had extinguished for all time the poetry of my gifted and wayward kinsman, Ellery Channing; and yet it is not at all certain that the one closing line of Channing's A Poet's Hope, — If my bark sinks, 'tis to another sea, may not secure the immortality it predicts, and perhaps outlive everything of Poe's. Wasson's fine poem, Bugle Notes, beginning,— Sweet-voiced Hope, thy fine discourse Foretold not half Life's good to me, will be, unless I greatly mistake, as lasting as the seventeenth-century poems among which it naturally ranks. The mere title, Some Lover's Clear Day, of Weiss's poem will endure, perhaps, after the verses themselves and all else connected with that unique and wayward personality are forgotten. It is many years since I myself wrote of that rare and unappreciated thinke
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XVIII (search)
veland catalogue. The actual works of the author himself are not included. The list is as follows:— Washington.48 Emerson, Lincoln (each)41 Franklin 37 Webster34 Longfellow33 Hawthorne25 Jefferson23 Grant22 Irving21 Clay19 Beecher, Poe, M. F. Ossoli (each)16 Theodore Parker, Lowell (each)15 John Adams, Sumner (each)14 Cooper, Greeley, Sheridan, Sherman (each)12 Everett11 John Brown, Channing, Farragut (each)10 Garrison, Hamilton, Prescott, Seward, Taylor (each) 9 Thoreau7klin was to be expected, but that Longfellow should come so near Webster, and that both he and Hawthorne should distinctly precede Jefferson and Grant, affords surely some sensations of surprise. Again, there is something curious in the fact that Poe should stand bracketed, as they say of examination papers, with the Margaret Fuller whom he detested; that the classic Everett should fall so far below the radical Parker; and that Dr. Channing and John Brown, the antipodes of each other as to tem
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, The new world and the new book, XXII (search)
man because he occasioned an extensive literature; and Junius fills the library as an inexhaustible conundrum, whereas plain Sir Philip Francis might never have elicited even a biography. Had Shelley been the contented husband of one wife, or had Poe selected any one city to dwell in and dwelt there, it is certain that the Shelley literature and the Poe literature would have been far slenderer in dimensions, though the genius of the poets might have remained the same. It is the personal qualities, in such cases, that multiply the publications, though it is quite true, on the other side, that Poe might have lived unnoticed in more cities than claimed Homer had it not been for The Raven, and that Shelley might have had as many wives as a Mormon but for The Skylark. As time goes on, it is the thought of the poet more than the gossip about his life which holds and creates literature, and there are always a dozen who wish to unlock the mystery of Hamlet for one who demands positive ev
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