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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Longfellow (search)
in which he obtained his postage stamps; but Longfellow confessed that he had given away a large num every shade of political opinion. Emerson, Longfellow, and Lowell were strongly anti-slavery, but itics but his bad manners that were hissed. Longfellow set his glass down with emphasis, and replieas applause as well as hisses for Sumner. Longfellow had a leonine face, but it was that of a ver story was quite incredible. In his youth Longfellow seems to have taken to guns and fishing-rodsollege in the autumn of 1862 and called on Mr. Longfellow, who had been entertained at his father's his young acquaintance. It is certain that Longfellow addressed a poem to Mrs. Longworth which wilat has ever befallen a man's domestic life. Longfellow was widowed for the second time, and five chd not pass. It was after this calamity that Longfellow undertook his metrical translation of Dante'y heart also there is a cross of snow. In Longfellow's diary we meet with the names of many books[5 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, T. G. Appleton. (search)
more than they did. After this time he lived as much in Europe as he did in America. Before 1860 he had crossed the Atlantic nearly forty times. The marriage of his sister to Henry W. Longfellow was of great advantage to him, for through Longfellow he made the acquaintance of many celebrated persons whom he would not otherwise have known, and being always equal to such occasions he retained their respect and good will. One might also say, What could Longfellow have done without him? HisLongfellow have done without him? His conversation was never forced, and the wit, for which he became as much distinguished in social life as Lowell or Holmes, was never premeditated, often making its appearance on unexpected occasions to refresh his hearers with its sparkle and originality. In the Autocrat of the breakfast table Doctor Holmes quotes this saying by the wittiest of men, that good Americans, when they die, go to Paris. Now this wittiest of men was Tom Appleton, as many of us knew at that time. He said of Leonard
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Leaves from a Roman diary: February, 1869 (Rewritten in 1897) (search)
was at work on Browning's Ring and the Book. Mr. Longfellow laughed. I do not wonder you call it work, he sI came to read The Ring and the book I found that Longfellow's objection was a valid one. I remarked that Rev. Mr. Longfellow had a decided partiality for Browning. Yes, he said; Sam likes him, and my friend John Weie of such a subject. Then we both laughed, and Mr. Longfellow said: I wonder what our artists want to make Saures resembled those of Miss Stebbins herself. Mr. Longfellow looked at it closely, and said, So it does,--sot by looking in the glass and making up faces. Mr. Longfellow laughed heartily at this, saying, I suppose Misand Satan) is altogether an effective one. Rev. Mr. Longfellow and the ladies now came in, and as it was latands with them all. It is reported that when Mr. Longfellow met Cardinal Antonelli he remarked that Rome haether this verse has been equalled by Tennyson or Longfellow, and the conclusion was: Not proven. March 1,
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Centennial Contributions (search)
ogy would not be likely to understand this. Matthew Arnold and Edwin Arnold had no very high opinion of Emerson's poetry; and even Carlyle, who was Emerson's best friend in Europe, spoke of it in rather a disparaging manner. The Mountain and the Squirrel and several others have been translated into German, but not those which we here consider the best of them. On the other hand, Dr. William H. Furness considered Emerson heaven-high above our other poets; C. P. Cranch preferred him to Longfellow; Dr. F. H. Hedge looked upon him as the first poet of his time; Rev. Samuel Longfellow and Rev. Samuel Johnson held a very similar opinion, and David A. Wasson considered Emerson's Problem one of the great poems of the century. These men were all poets themselves, though they did not make a profession of it, and in that character were quite equal to Matthew Arnold, whose lecture on Emerson was evidently written under unfavorable influences. They were men who had passed through similar