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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 3: Holmes (search)
ate with the household circle in which Oliver Wendell Holmes was born and bred, the intimacy coming my father's house stood next to it and that Dr. Holmes's nephew, Charles Parsons,--afterward Profeste playing place was the garret described by Dr. Holmes in his Professor at the breakfast table. Itrtmanteaux looking like stranded porpoises, as Holmes describes them, or andirons waiting to resume and not far off was the old churchyard, and Dr. Holmes had made that plot of ground classic to us bondered over those long inscriptions where, as Holmes himself has said, The dead presidents stretchelater years by the addition of name and date. Holmes had also found out that tombstone of the Frences was the grave of our poet's sister, of whom Holmes wrote:--If sinless angels love as we Who stoodteeples remain. All this had been a part of Dr. Holmes's boyhood, as of mine, and he like me had alwritten, I thank you. Faithfully yours, O. W. Holmes. Dr. Holmes was born, it will be remem[2 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 4: Longfellow (search)
Craigie House has played a much larger part in Cambridge tradition than the houses which were also the birthplaces of Holmes and Lowell. Those who have spent summers in Cambridge within the last ten years must know well-such is certainly my own house the centre, as he did, for what was best in Cambridge. In this he went far beyond his two eminent contemporaries,--Holmes, of course, having in maturity no home in Cambridge, while Lowell's house was less easily accessible, and the delicate hefor the more thorough and laborious German mind. In comparing these self-revelations with those given in the letters of Holmes and Lowell, one is struck with their far less brilliant and scintillating tone and, on the other hand, with their comparahis patience held out through all these trials, his strictness of judgment did not; and that he, like all elderly poets,--Holmes and Whittier in particular,--found it very much easier to praise than blame. The late Mr. John S. Dwight, the leading m
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 5: Lowell (search)
ost widely associated with old Cambridge, only Holmes and Lowell were born there, although its assocfluence of his Cambridge surroundings, because Holmes went to Europe for his medical training (1833)ce entered more strongly into Lowell than into Holmes, but it was in Lowell's case less concentratedtablished in the editorship of Harvardiana, as Holmes's had been ten years earlier in The Collegian,the treasure chamber of death. In comparing Holmes and Lowell, we are at once struck by the small writer; he accepted this as his sphere, while Holmes regarded literature as a mere avocation, not aained smoothness or finish in utterance, while Holmes easily attained it. Lowell was always liable tinterrupt the flow of the sentence. From this Holmes is far more free; he takes almost as many and far more regularly trained to literature than Holmes, and not surpassing him in exuberant fertilityion has its merits as well as direct; and that Holmes may have learned something for literary uses i[3 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Index (search)
oyce, 97. Higginson, S. T., 153. Higginson, T. W., 70, 76, 81, 179, 180, 182, 183. Hildreth, Richard, 67. Hillard, G. S., 123, 128. Hoar, E. R., 34. Holmes, Rev., Abiel, 15, 75. Holmes, John, 15, 30, 166. Holmes, Mrs., Mary Jane, 98. Holmes, O. W., 11, 15, 21, 23, 24, 26, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38, 53, 58, 59, 63, 68, 69, 70; theory of biography, 75; letter about engagement of his parents, 75; his letter in reply, 76; childhood, 77-81; letter of thanks for a reminiscence of his father, 81; eaence, 94-96; heresies, 96-98; Elsie Venner, 98; religion, 98-102; Little Boston, his favorite character, 103; clubs, 104-105; wit, 106; later life, 107-108; death, 108; 111, 114, 125, 127, 135, 136, 147, 148, 155, 158, 185, 186, 188. Holmes, O. W., Jr., 105. Horace, 55, 113. Howe, Dr. S. G., 104. Howells, W. D., 69, 70. Hughes, Thomas, 177. Hurlbut, W. H., afterward Hurlbert, 66. Ingraham, J. H., 139. Irving, Washington, 35, 117. Jackson, Miss, Harriot, 75. Jacobs, Miss S.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 6: Lowell's closing years in Cambridge (search)
ocial and joyous in the highest degree, but whose life in that direction had been checked and was resumed. It was not, in short, a case of tardy, but of interrupted development. That he gained vastly in the power of self-repression and of mutual deference by going to London is unquestionable. It is the best thing taught to Americans by the admirable discipline of the dinner-tables of that city, that we unlearn the habit of monologue. No one needed this more than Lowell, except perhaps Holmes; the two had sat at opposite ends of the table so long, during the early dinners of Atlantic contributors, and practically monopolized the talk. As to the quality of conversation in London, they found none better than their own; but they learned-at least, Lowell did — the value of half-rations. Perhaps Mr. Smalley presses too far the novelty that Lowell found in a circle where there were others besides men of letters; for in truth he had around him just such a circle, so far as it went, at
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Book and heart: essays on literature and life, Chapter 7: a very moral and nice book (search)
odern writer who dares to criticise him. Mr. Howells cannot so much as venture the remark that good Sir Walter's opening chapter of genealogy is sometimes a little long-winded, and that it may be permissible to begin with Chapter Second, but he rouses Mr. Lang's utmost indignation. Mr. Haggard cannot be classed as a dime novelist without protests of amazement and assurances that he is the lineal successor of Scott, and that to have left unread a single story of Haggard's is to have fallen short of the highest culture. Omit, if you will, the Widowed wife and wedded maid, Betrothed, betrayer, and betrayed, but read every word about She-if the phrase be not ungrammatical-or you are lost. It is painful, but really Mr. Lang's confessions recall the case of that New England bookseller in a small town who recently informed an inquirer that he had never heard of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, but that he was probably the husband of Mrs. Mary J. Holmes, who wrote such lovely novels. 1896
William Alexander Linn, Horace Greeley Founder and Editor of The New York Tribune, Chapter 2: first experiences in New York city-the New Yorker (search)
d that the most distinguished classes of society are rarely led to engage in these undertakings ; and that the journalists of the United States are usually placed in a very humble position, with a scanty education and a vulgar turn of mind. When John (afterward Lord) Campbell eked out his income in London, in the first years of the nineteenth century, by reporting parliamentary debates, the calling was so discreditable that he concealed his avocation from his fellow law students. Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes let it be understood that it would have hurt him professionally had it been known that he was a literary man when he began writing. Of the literary taste of New York city in 1828, a writer in the Picture of New York said: Most of the periodical works attempted in this city have proved abortive in a few years. The population is so nearly commercial that the largest portion of the public attention is monopolized by the newspapers of the day. Whether Greeley had gaged the literar
Charles E. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe compiled from her letters and journals by her son Charles Edward Stowe, Chapter 15: the third trip to Europe, 1859. (search)
e. a winter in Italy. things unseen and unrevealed. Speculations concerning spiritualism. John Ruskin. Mrs. Browning. the return to America. letters to Dr. Holmes. Mrs. Stowe's third and last trip to Europe was undertaken in the summer of 1859. In writing to Lady Byron in May of that year, she says: I am at pres Pope in his agony. Your ever affectionate friend, Elizabeth B. Browning. Soon after her return to America Mrs. Stowe began a correspondence with Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, which opened the way for the warm friendship that has stood the test of years. Of this correspondence the two following letters, written about this time, are worthy of attention. Andover, September 9, 1860. Dear Dr. Holmes,--I have had an impulse upon me for a long time to write you a line of recognition and sympathy, in response to those that reached me monthly in your late story in the Atlantic ( Elsie Venner ). I know not what others may think of it, since I have seen
he best field for doing good. she buys a place at Mandarin. a charming winter residence. Palmetto leaves. Easter Sunday at Mandarin. correspondence with Dr. Holmes. Poganuc people. receptions in New Orleans and Tallahassee. last winter at Mandarin. In 1866, the terrible conflict between the North and South having rom it that Christ is indeed risen for them. During this winter the following characteristic letters passed between Mrs. Stowe and her valued friend, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, called forth by the sending to the latter of a volume of Mrs. Stowe's latest stories:-- Boston, January 8, 1876. My dear Mrs. Stowe,--I would not wray be assured that I feel most sensibly your kind attention, and send you my heartfelt thanks for remembering me. Always, dear Mrs. Stowe, faithfully yours, O. W. Holmes. To this letter Mrs. Stowe replied as follows:-- Mandarin, February 23, 1876. Dear doctor,--How kind it was of you to write me that very beautiful note
Charles E. Stowe, Harriet Beecher Stowe compiled from her letters and journals by her son Charles Edward Stowe, Chapter 19: the Byron controversy, 1869-1870. (search)
nces under which she first met Lady Byron. letters to Lady Byron. letter to Dr. Holmes when about to publish the true story of Lady Byron's life in the Atlantic. Dr. Holmes's reply. the conclusion of the matter. It seems impossible to avoid the unpleasant episode in Mrs. Stowe's life known as the Byron Controversy. It wie her article appeared in print, Mrs. Stowe addressed the following letter to Dr. Holmes in Boston:-- Hartford, June 26, 1869. Dear doctor,--I am going to ask hel Immediately after the publication of this work, she mailed a copy to Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, accompanied by the following note:-- Boston, May 19, 1869. Dear prominently before the public mind, she received the following letter from Dr. O. W. Holmes:-- Boston, September 25, 1869. My dear Mrs. Stowe,--I have been meanin that you have recovered from your indisposition, I am Faithfully yours, O. W. Holmes. While undergoing the most unsparing and pitiless criticism and brutal in
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