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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 8 0 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 11 (search)
XI. but strong of will. In one of Whittier's finest ballads he gives a touch of feminine character worth considering in a world where so many of the young or foolish still hold it to be the perfection of womanhood to be characterless. The phrase is to be found in Amy Wentworth, one of the few of his ballads which have no direct historical foundation, but simply paint a period. The scene is ]aid in the proud little colonial town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with its high-bred ways and its stately ante-Revolutionary traditions — such traditions as became an Episcopalian and loyal colony, although nothing now remains to commemorate their sway except a few fine old houses, some family portraits, and this ballad of Whittier's. His heroine, gently nurtured, has given her heart to the captain of a fishing-smack, and the poet thus describes the situation: Her home is brave in Jaffrey Street, With stately stairways, worn By feet of old colonial knights And ladies gentle born; And on h
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 19 (search)
come more slowly, and in these we do not yet trust ourselves. That was true of our early days which Aulus Gellius quotes Cato as saying of early Rome: Poetry was not held in honor; if any one devoted himself to it, or went about to banquets, he was called a vagabond (grassator vocabatur). Hence we were slower to assert ourselves in these finer arts, and when we did, it was with becoming modesty. It was thought daring in Emerson to sing of the bumblebee, or Lowell of the bobolink; as for Whittier, who had never even crossed the Atlantic, how could he sing at all? Especially in the realm of manners this humility has prevailed. During the last French Empire it used to be held at Newport and New York that there was no standard of good-breeding but in Paris, as if the best-bred American society were not of older tradition as well as better strain than the dynasty of the Napoleons. The truth is that the finest American manners are indigenous, not imported. You will find such manners
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 21 (search)
g at something hitherto only known through the medium of books. My own acquaintance with the toy of royalty is very limited, having been confined, so far as personal conversation goes, to one emperor and his empress. It was enough at least to furnish a standard, and to diminish the importance of minor interviews. One must draw the line somewhere, and I might perhaps draw it at emperors. His Imperial Majesty of Brazil was certainly a well-informed man, with a creditable appreciation of Whittier's poetry. There was a curious little lady-in-waiting, I remember, who went round reminding people that her Imperial Majesty was a Bourbon. But I must admit, for one, that I had been sitting beside the empress on a sofa for some time, chatting as composedly as I should have done with any other middle-aged lady, before it occurred to me how incongruous was my attitude with the dignity that once hedged her great name. Think of it — a race that had furnished Europe with dukes for five hundr
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 23 (search)
ld lifts exactly that much off her husband's shoulders, and leaves him free to attend to the outside business of the firm, for which the money comes in. Alas! many a woman works herself to death before her husband discovers, by what it costs him to buy the services of housekeepers and nurses, that the mere material labor of his wife was worth a salary. He is happy if he does not see reason to think that if he had only given her the amount of that salary he might have saved her. After all, Whittier is mistaken; it is not It might have been! that are the saddest words. ad I only known! are a great deal sadder. Some time or other, it may be, we shall discover the simple mathematical formula by which to adjust this matter of income. Meanwhile we must guess at it. It will be evident, on a little thought, that a married woman needs much more than an allowance for food and clothing — the food to be shared by her household, the clothing to include probably that of her younger childre
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 30 (search)
ll pretty accurately what his judgment would be. As to coaxing him against his judgment, it was impossible. In truth, literary men are secretly rather distrusted by editors, and with some reason, as. having too many favorites and being too lenient. The late Professor Longfellow, for instance, would soon have bankrupted any publisher who should have accepted the intellectual work that he praised, for he was so amiable that he praised almost everything; and there is evidence that Holmes and Whittier, as they grow older, are growing almost as tolerant. If the best literary endorsement thus goes for very little, what can the second-best be worth? Moreover, the editor is constantly looking out for new names; he hungers and thirsts after the genius of the future. Just as the great trotting horses of the turf fare often those which the keen eye of a jockey has rescued from a dray or a coal-cart, so it is the editor's dream to detect a coming Mark Twain or Bret Harte in some nameless youn
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, chapter 60 (search)
since they are very often associated in our minds with the noblest and most eminent persons we have known. With most of the very distinguished men, of Anglo-Saxon race at least, whom I have chanced to meet, there was associated in some combination the element of personal modesty. It was exceedingly conspicuous in the two thinkers who have between them influenced more American minds than any others in our own age — I mean Darwin and Emerson. It has been noticeable in contemporary poets — Whittier and Longfellow among ourselves, Tennyson and Browning in England. It may be said that these are instances drawn from persons of studious tastes and retired habits, by whom the shy graces of character are more easily retained than by those who mingle with the world. Yet it would be as easy to cite illustrations from those whose dealing with men was largest. Grant found it easier to command a vast army, and Lincoln to rule a whole nation, than to overcome a certain innate modesty and ev
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Women and Men, Index. (search)
e weak, the, 296. Virtue of man and woman the same, 3. visiting the sick, on, 227. voices, 166. Voices, American and English, 167. Voltaire, F. M. A., 87. W. Wales, Prince of, 23. Ward, Artemus, described, 43. Warner, C. D., quoted, 217. Washington, George, 296. Wasted, the fear of its being, 232. Watson, E. H., 183. Watson, George, 183. weak, victory of the, 296. Wellesley College, 100. Wellington, the Duke of, quoted, 196. White, R. G., 24. Whittier, J. G., quoted, 54, 117. Also 98,106, 153, 308. who shall fix the value? 202. Whole duty of man, the, 4. why women authors write under the names of men, 259. Wife, position of, in Rome, 45. Will, breaking of, in children, 1°1. Willis, N. P., 289. Winlock, Anna, 287. Wolcott, Mrs., Oliver, 98. Wollstonecraft, Mary. See Godwin. woman of influence, the, 17. woman's enterprise, A, 207. Women, advantages of, 29; as household decorators, 161; as organizers, 20, 149; as