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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 2: the secular writers (search)
lished separately, and ridiculing the current method of university education. The book is forgotten, but some of its epigrammatic couplets still linger, like:--For metaphysics, rightly shown, But teach how little can be known. Or:--First from the dust our sex began, But woman was refined from man. This is the measure of Butler's Hudibras, which Trumbull was to employ again in his masterpiece, McFingal. The first canto of McFingal was published in April, 1775, soon after Lexington and Concord. The hero is a Scottish-American Tory, and the scene is laid at a New England town meeting; an admirable setting for the most famous of the Revolutionary satires. It has not become quite a classic; for, with all his wit and taste, Trumbull lacked the fire of imagination, and the exquisite sense of fitness in expression which belong to creative genius. Printed oratory. Critics who wish to confine themselves to considering the expression of life in literature, must often be embarrasse
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 5: the New England period — Preliminary (search)
ted Highlanders dashed along in furious pursuit, hewing down the Frenchmen with their broadswords, and slaying many in the very ditch of the fortifications. Never was victory more quick or more decisive. The Conspiracy of Pontiac, chap. IV. Pure literature. In pure literature the genius of New England.was now very soon to find its highest expression. During the third quarter of the century the two noted groups of literary men which had their respective centres in Cambridge and in Concord were to produce a literature which, even if not, so far as we can now see, of the very highest type, possessed genuine depth and power. Before actually engaging with this important subject, however, it may be as well to clear the decks by considering some of the minor figures which belong to that period. Minor writers. There are plenty of them; indeed, one who moved in the active literary society of the Boston of that day might well say, as the Duke of Wellington did when the Honorab
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 6: the Cambridge group (search)
or scientific discovery, or institutional prosperity, or accumulation of wealth will so powerfully affect the spiritual well-being of the nation for generations to come. The highest intellectual centre of this group was to be found of course in Concord, which we shall presently have to consider; but its social centre was in Boston, or more properly in Cambridge; and the house of Longfellow, always hospitable, was its headquarters. The path from Charlestown. The literary associations of can has yet produced. For scholarship, incisiveness, and suggestiveness, such papers as the essays on Dryden, Pope, and Dante have been surpassed by very little criticism written in English. The special service of the New England literature of the middle of the nineteenth century was to achieve an enlargement of the national horizon. In Cambridge, as we have seen, the expansion was primarily mental and aesthetic; in Concord, as we are about to see, it was mainly speculative and spiritual.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 7: the Concord group (search)
t Emerson retired to his father's birthplace, Concord, and became a dweller for the rest of his lif If Cambridge was small compared to Boston, Concord was still smaller compared to Cambridge; and,ead. From this time he was identified with Concord, and his house was for many years what Lord Carker. There were grouped about Emerson in Concord, or frequently visiting it, several persons y at heart. For instance, he wrote thus from Concord in 1865: Have been also at Lynn and Haverhilliter. I first met him on a summer morning in Concord, as he was walking along the road near the Ol was married, and settled in the Old Manse at Concord, which, some years later, he made famous in We pass now to the youngest of the wellknown Concord authors of that circle, and one who, unlike the had published but two books, A week on the Concord and Merrimack rivers and Walden. Nine more hanearly the whole edition — of his Week on the Concord and Merrimack rivers, and of his carrying the[2 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Chapter 10: forecast (search)
d art. It makes indeed a part of the magic of new books that no man can guess securely at their future. I remember vividly the surprise of my old friend and guide, Professor Edward Tyrrell Channing, then the highest literary authority in America, when I inserted in my Commencement oration at Harvard in 1841, a boyish compliment to Tennyson; only two or three copies of whose first thin volumes had as yet crossed the Atlantic, though these had been read with enthusiasm by young people at Concord and at Cambridge. I, exhorting young poets with the mature enthusiasm of seventeen, bade them lay down their Spenser and their Tennyson and look within, and Professor Channing let it pass in the understanding that by Spenser I meant the highest authority, and by Tennyson, the lowest. This construction I refused with some indignation, for it was a capital passage of which I was quite proud and which had been written by my elder sister. When I explained my real views — as to Tennyson, the
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, A Glossary of Important Contributors to American Literature (search)
he study of philosophy and reforms, and later moved to Concord, Mass., where he founded the so-called school of philosophy, He contributed to The Dial and published Tablets (1868), Concord days (1872), Table talk (1877), Sonnets and Canzonets (188ut did not graduate. He lived for most of his life in Concord, Mass. He published two volumes of poems, in 1843 and in 1847en joined the Brook Farm community, afterward going to Concord, Mass., where he worked on a farm and studied. After traveli and Biowere published in 1876 and later. He died at Concord, Mass., April 27, 1882. Fiske, John Born in Hartford, Cand, Aug. 26, 1894. Thoreau, Henry David Born in Concord, Mass., July 12, 1817. Graduating from Harvard in 1837, he dme-made boat, a journey that found record in A week on the Concord and Merrimack rivers (1849). He lived for some time in a hpersons (1865); and A Yankee in Canada (1866). Died in Concord, Mass., May 6, 1862. Timrod, Henry Born in Charleston,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, chapter 13 (search)
ryant's Poems. 1821. Cooper's The spy. 1821. James G. Percival's Poems. 1821. R. H. Dana's Dying Buccaneer. 1826. Longfellow's Poems. 1827. Fitz-Greene Halleck's Poems. 1827. Miss Sedgwick's Hope Leslie. 1827. N. P. Willis's Sketches. 1830. W. E. Channing's Discourses, reviews, and Miscellanies. 1831. Whittier's Legends of New England. 1833. Poe's Ms. Found in a Bottle. 1835. Drake's The Culprit Fay and other poems. 1835. Emerson's Historical discourse at Concord. 1835. W. G. Simms's The Yemassee and the Partisan. 1836. Holmes's Poems. 1837. Prescott's Ferdinand and Isa-bella. 1838. Hawthorne's Fanshawe. 1839. Longfellow's Voices of the night. 1840. Cooper's The Pathfinder. 1840. R. H. Dana, Jr.'s, Two years before the Mast. 1841. Emerson's Essays, First Series. 1841. Cooper's The Deerslayer. 1844. Emerson's Essays, Second Series. 1844. Lowell's Poems. 1845. Poe's The Paven, and other poems. 1845. War with Mexi
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature, Index. (search)
dge, Ernest Hartley, 43. Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 35, 46, 66, 68, 69, 211, 219, 258. Coleridge, Sara, 142. Collins, Wilkie, 208. Columbus, Irving's Life of, 87, 119. Commemoration Ode, Lowell's, 225, 264. Common sense, Paine's, 55. Concord, Battle of, 41. Congress, Continental, 49. Congress, General, 45, 79. Conspiracy of Pontiac, extract from Parkman's, 121. Constitution, Federal, 51, 52. Contemplations, Anne Bradstreet's, 12. Conversation of gentlemen, Shepard'4. Warville, Brissot de, 52. Washington, 51, 63, 94, 117, 221. Wasson, David A., 264. Waverley novels, Scott's, 93, 274. Webster, Daniel, 43, 110, 111, 112-114. Webster, Hannah, 92. Webster, John, 258. Webster, Noah, 82. Week on the Concord and Merrimack rivers, Thoreau's, 191, 195. Welby, Mrs. Amelia B., 210. Wellington, Duke of, 123. Wendell, Barrett, 18, 109, 161. Wheeler, Charles Stearns, 261. When Lilacs last in the Dooryard Bloomed, Whitman's, 232. Whipple, Edwi