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hroughout the Republic to which he was ever an alien. No poet of the new era has won the national recognition enjoyed by the veterans. It will be recalled that Bryant survived until 1878, Longfellow and Emerson until 1882, Lowell until 1891, Whittier and Whitman until 1892, and Holmes until 1894. Compared with these men the younger writers of verse seemed overmatched. The National Ode for the Centennial celebration in 1876 was intrusted to Bayard Taylor, a hearty person, author of capital glow his verse sometimes refused to sing. The most perfect poetic craftsman of the period --and, many think, our one faultless worker in verse — was Thomas Bailey Aldrich. His first volume of juvenile verse had appeared in 1855, the year of Whittier's Barefoot boy and Whitman's Leaves of Grass. By 1865 his poems were printed in the then well-known Blue and Gold edition, by Ticknor and Fields. In 1881 he succeeded Howells in the editorship of the Atlantic. Aldrich had a versatile talent t
e, Life by M. D. Conway, 2 volumes (1892), Works edited by Conway, 4 volumes (1895), Philip Freneau, Poems, 3 volumes (Princeton edition, 1902), Thomas Jefferson, Works edited by P. L. Ford, 10 volumes (1892-1898), J. Woolman, Journal (edited by Whittier, 1871, and also in Everyman's Library), the Federalist (edited by H. C. Lodge, 1888). Chapter 5. Washington Irving, Works, 40 volumes (1891-1897), also his Life and letters by P. M. Irving, 4 volumes (1862-1864). Fenimore Cooper, Works, 32 Swift, Brook Farm (1900), and The Dial, reprint by the Rowfant Club (1902). Chapter 7. Hawthorne, Works, 12 volumes (1882), Life by G. E. Woodberry (1902). Longfellow, Works, 11 volumes (1886), Life by Samuel Longfellow, 3 volumes (1891). Whittier, Works, 7 volumes (1892), Life by S. T. Pickard, 2 volumes (1894). Holmes, Works, 13 volumes (1892), Life by J. T. Morse, Jr. (1896). Lowell, Works, 11 volumes (1890), Life by Ferris Greenslet (1905), Letters edited by C. E. Norton, 2 volumes (1
ly American, 265 Cobbler Keezar's vision, Whittier 161 Cody, W. F. (Buffalo Bill), 243 Colth century, 262-63 Eternal Goodness, the, Whittier 161 Ethan Brand, Hawthorne 134 Evangelineior, Longfellow 5-6, 156 Exiles' Departure, Whittier 159 Fablefor critics, Lowell 170 Fall of 46-47 Mather, Increase, 43 Maud Muller, Whittier 5-6 Memorial Odes, Lowell 172 Miller, C. 156 My Mark Twain, Howells 251 My Psalm, Whittier 160 My study windows, Lowell 170 Mysteriollow 156 Ramona, Jackson 248 Ramoth Hill, Whittier 138 Raven, the, Poe 192 Read, T. B., 225 book, Irving 89, 91 Skipper Ireson's Ride, Whittier 161 Slavery, influence on literature, 207 er tales, the, Hawthorne 145 Songs of labor, Whittier 161 South Carolina in 1724, 44 South, T 89 Taylor, Bayard, 255 Telling the Bees, Whittier 158 Tennessee's partner, Harte 242 Thaneq., 218; bibliography, 270-71 Tritemius, Whittier 161 True Relation, Smith 8-10, 25-26 True[6 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Afternoon landscape: poems and translations, To John Greenleaf Whittier. (search)
To John Greenleaf Whittier. At dawn of manhood came a voice to me That said to startled conscience, “Sleep no more!” Like some loud cry that peals from door to door It roused a generation; and I see, Now looking back through years of memory, That all of school or college, all the lore Of worldly maxims, all the statesman's store, Were nought beside that voice's mastery. If any good to me or from me came Through life, and if no influence less divine Has quite usurped the place of duty's flame; If aught rose worthy in this heart of mine, Aught that, viewed backward, wears no shade of shame, Bless thee, old friend! for that high call was thine. Cambridge, Dec. 17, 1
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Note (search)
Note The thanks of the author are due to various friends and correspondents who have aided him with information or criticism; and especially to his friend Samuel T. Pickard, Esq., the authorized biographer of Whittier, whose invaluable work must always hold the leading place among all books relating to the poet's personal history, and who has also been most generous in the way of private counsel. T. W. H. Cambridge, Mass.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 1: childhood (search)
akes it the more interesting to remember that Whittier was born within five miles of the old Longfelwidely travelled author of the Boston circle, Whittier the least so; Longfellow spoke a variety of languages, Whittier only his own; Longfellow had whatever the American college of his time could givegfellow had children and grandchildren, while Whittier led a single life. Yet in certain gifts, aparead it, similar scenes in the Country Brook. Whittier's Works, V. 320-22. The house still stand many as ten or fifteen. In such a household Whittier grew up, listening not without occasional crinel underclothing to everybody. The barn, as Whittier himself afterward testified, had no doors: thn its floors for more than a century. There Whittier milked seven cows; and tended a horse, two oxell remember in later years as being all that Whittier describes in him. The place where he is celebthy shadow less, Never fail thy cheerfulness! Whittier's Works, IV. 73. Coffin, then a young Dar[20 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 2: school days and early ventures (search)
days and early ventures The whole story of Whittier's beginnings as a poet is like something fromile! Haverhill, 1825. This poem was by Whittier, written in 1825 at the age of seventeen, andr education, or simply from his own poverty. Whittier wrote to Garrison thirty years later (1859), nnington, Vt., he printed in it four poems by Whittier, and wrote of him, Our friend Whittier seems y Clay and the American system, and that when Whittier met Clay in Washington, years after, and was ippers, just then invented. So carefully did Whittier plan to meet the cost of his half year's teacn experience. Underwood's Whittier, 75-8. Whittier does not preserve among his early poems The sd the editorship of the New England Review to Whittier, he himself having gone to Lexington, Ky., tolain this matter, you are no philosopher. Whittier had at Hartford more of social life than ever, afterward president of Columbia College. Whittier's first thin volume, Legend of New England (H[27 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 3: Whittier the politician (search)
Chapter 3: Whittier the politician As Whittier was a writer for the press before he attended aonly dice to play with. Fortune offering for Whittier an advancement in a similar manner, he escapee dwelt, Caleb Cushing was the candidate, and Whittier had himself supported him; but seventeen attehat Cushing himself was probably willing that Whittier, a far more popular candidate, should be tries in the process of electioneering. Pickard's Whittier, 168, 169. There are many lapses from a hd what strikes the reader is not so much that Whittier should wish to go to Congress at that early asts of honour. The italics in the letter are Whittier's own; they are the points on which he wishedshing succeeded in being elected in 1834, and Whittier showed political skill on its best side in maffice when the Whigs came into power in 1841, Whittier was too strong for him, reprinted the letter of the Legislature, was again arrayed against Whittier, and again failed. The important local ord[9 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 6: a division in the ranks (search)
untry for the abolition of slavery as John Greenleaf Whittier. Whittier, in his letter, made thiWhittier, in his letter, made this companion tribute to Garrison:-- I must not close this letter without confessing that I cannor further upon it, to give some extracts from Whittier's own review of the matter in his introductior instance, because very characteristic, that Whittier, like that very able woman, Mrs. Lydia Maria the Rev. Dr. William Ellery Channing, to whom Whittier had written, of his own impulse, in early you strenuously upon the antislavery agitation. Whittier was, it must be remembered, addressing one ins then almost fifty-four. A yet unknown man, Whittier was offering counsel to the most popular cler had neither insight, courage, nor firmness. Whittier, on the other hand, always maintained, that aer addressed to him may be found in Pickard's Whittier, I. 137. In November, 1837, a small volume of Whittier's poems was issued in Boston by the publisher of the Liberator, Isaac Knapp. It was f[2 more...]
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, John Greenleaf Whittier, Chapter 7: Whittier as a social reformer (search)
the chances of authorship, I have been spared the pain of disappointment and the temptation to envy those, who, as men of letters, deservedly occupy a higher place in the popular estimation than I have ever aspired to. Truly your friend, John G. Whittier. Amesbury, 9th, 3d mo., 1867. It is known that in the same conscientious spirit he was unwilling to insert in his Songs of three centuries Mrs. Howe's Battle hymn of the republic, but as he wrote to his assistant editor, I got over my Qemorial Church in Georgetown, Mass., the town of his birth. The church was dedicated on the 8th of January, with interesting exercises, one of the striking features of which was the singing of the following hymn, written for the occasion by John G. Whittier. . . . We venture to say that if the poet had known the conditions which the banker saw fit to impose on the Memorial Church, the poem would never have been written, and its author's name would never have been lent to the occasion. A corres
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