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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Contents. (search)
Contents. The close of the war13 Francis J. Child40 Longfellow55 Lowell83 C. P. Cranch113 T. G. Appleton132 Doctor Holmes142 Frank Bird and the Bird Club162 Sumner180 Chevalier Howe218 The War Governor242 The Colored Regiments262 Emerson's tribute to George L. Stearns279 Elizur W. Right286 Dr. W . T. G. Morton309 Leaves from a Roman Diary332 Centennial Contributions355
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The close of the War (search)
n primeval rocks and the crust of the earth's surface. He told them that Boylston Hall was made of syenite; that most of the stone called granite in New England was syenite, and if they wanted to see genuine granite they should go to the tops of the White Mountains. Then looking at his watch he said: Ah, I see I am late! Good day, my friends; and I hope we shall all meet again. So off he went, leaving each of his hearers with the embryonic germ of a scientific interest in his mind. Longfellow tells in his diary how Agassiz came to him when his health broke down and wept. I cannot work any longer, he said; and when he could not work he was miserable. The trouble that afflicted him was congestion of the base of the brain, a disorder that is not caused so frequently by overwork as by mental emotion. His cure by Dr. Edward H. Clarke, by the use of bromides and the application of ice, was considered a remarkable one at the time; but five years later the disorder returned again an
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Longfellow (search)
at the height of his reputation. In 1829 Longfellow returned to Portland and was immediately cho only ceased at Sumner's death in 1874, when Longfellow wrote one of the finest of his shorter poemsspring or summer, he would go out to call on Longfellow; and it was a pleasant sight to see them walittier was dwelling in a country farm-house, Longfellow occupied one of the most desirable residence is not like a handsome suburban residence. Longfellow could look across the Cambridge marshes and exiles set up a business in Hungarian wines, Longfellow made a large purchase of him, which he spoke was a charming group — and the man begged Mr. Longfellow for permission to sell copies of it as it impression should have been circulated that Longfellow was not much of a pedestrian. On the contra Evangeline, which is perhaps the finest of Longfellow's poems, is not a favorite with youthful rea these incidents is sufficient to testify to Longfellow's Hiawatha. The best poetry is that which[54 more...]
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Lowell (search)
such hard statement. At the same age that Longfellow was writing for the United States Literary Gbrac; but there was a-plenty of them. While Longfellow's verse at nineteen was remarkable for its plicate, and she became more so continually. Longfellow's clear foresight noticed the danger she wasir lives. In dealing with men like Emerson, Longfellow, and Lowell, who were the intellectual leadeo heaven was considered a disgrace there. Longfellow's resignation of his professorship at Harvarnnection with the Anti-slavery Standard; but Longfellow threw the whole weight of his influence in Le him, and he rarely appealed in vain. Like Longfellow he carried an atmosphere of politeness aboutrom the other New England poets. After 1872 Longfellow saw little of him, except on state occasionsEmerson, in his last years, preferred him to Longfellow, but it is doubtful if he always did so. Theforce of Emerson and the grace and purity of Longfellow. Emerson had an advantage over his litera
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, C. P. Cranch. (search)
destined to be felt all through the coming period of American literature. C. P. Cranch was affected by it, as Emerson, Longfellow and even Hawthorne, were affected by it. This, however, did not take place at once, and when Emerson's Nature was publily rare; yet many of the pieces belong to a high order of excellence. In ease and grace of versification they resemble Longfellow, but in thought they are more like Emerson or Goethe. Consider this opening from The riddle : Ye bards, ye prophetg, Soaring beyond his age. This is sonorous. It has a majesty of expression and a greatness of thought which makes Longfellow's Psalm of life seem weak and even common-place. The whole poem is pitched in the same key, and Cranch never equalled p rich coloring, smoothly and delicately finished,--a painting that no one has yet been able to find fault with. Rev. Samuel Longfellow, who knew almost every picture in the galleries of Europe, considered it equal to a Ruysdael, and he liked it bet
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, T. G. Appleton. (search)
m Morris Hunt as the best American painter of his time, but thought he would be a better painter if he were not so proud. Pride leads to arrogance, and arrogance is blinding. After he came into possession of his inheritance he showed that he could make a good use of money. One of his first acts was to purchase a set of engravings in the Vatican, valued at ten thousand dollars, for the Boston Public Library. I was not such a fool as to pay that sum for it, though, he remarked to Rev. Samuel Longfellow. He visited the studios of struggling artists in Rome and Boston, gave them advice and encouragement,--made purchases himself, sometimes, and advised his friends to purchase when he found a painting that was really excellent. He also purchased some valuable old paintings to adorn his house on Commonwealth Avenue. He placed two of these at one time on free exhibition at Doll's picture-store, and going into the rooms where they hung, I found Tom Appleton explaining their merits to
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Doctor Holmes. (search)
name high upon the natural bridge of American literature. Holmes did not come before the public until years after her death; and then perhaps it might not have happened but for James Russell Lowell and the Atlantic. He was a bright man, and possessed a peculiar mental quality of his own; but as we think of him now we can hardly call him a genius. He would evidently have liked in his youth to have made a profession of literature; but his verse lacked the charm and universality which made Longfellow popular so readily; nor did he possess the daring spirit of innovation with which Emerson startled and convinced his contemporaries. He first tried the law, and as that did not suit his taste he fell into medicine, but evidently without any natural bent or inclination for the profession. He was fond of the university, and when, after a temporary professorship at Dartmouth he was appointed lecturer on anatomy at the Harvard Medical-School, his friends realized that he had found his right
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Sumner. (search)
net, in spite of their deliberate intentions to the contrary. Yet, Sumner's reputation steadily improved, so that when Longfellow came to live in Cambridge he found Sumner delivering lectures at the Harvard Law-School, where he might have remained routine employment, and the fortunes of the republic had not decided differently. The attraction between Sumner and Longfellow was immediate and permanent. It was owing more perhaps to the essential purity of their natures, than to mutual sympathy in regard to art and literature; although Longfellow held Sumner's literary judgment in such respect that he rarely published a new poem without first subjecting his work to Sumner's criticism. Those who admired Sumner at this time, for his fined him to concentrate his energies in that direction. His friends, too, at this time-Hillard, Felton, Liebe, and even Longfellow — were either opposed to introducing the slavery question into politics or practically indifferent to it. On the oth
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, Chevalier Howe. (search)
es flash out from beneath the bushy brows, and he makes a correction which just hits the nail on the head. He is fond of his own home and is with difficulty enticed away from it. Once in awhile he will dash out to Cambridge on horseback to see Longfellow, but the lion-huntresses of Boston spread their nets in vain for him. He will not even go to the dinner parties for which Mrs. Howe is in constant demand, but prefers to spend the evening with his children, helping them about their school lesso Howe remarked that in that kind of composition one felt prescribed like St. Simeon Stylites by the limitations of the column. One of the best of her witty poems describes Boston on a rainy day, and is called Expluvior, an innocent parody on Longfellow's Excelsior, which, by the way, ought to have been called Excelsius. The butcher came a walking flood, Drenching the kitchen where he stood. Deucalion, is your name? I pray. Moses, he choked and slid away. Expluvior is one of the most cha
Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches, The War Governor. (search)
The War Governor. Sebago is one of the most beautiful of the New England lakes, and has been celebrated in Longfellow's verse for its curiously winding river between the upper and the lower portion, as well as for the Indian traditions connected with it. John A. Andrew's grandfather, like Hawthorne's father, lived in Salem and both families emigrated to Sebago, the former locating himself in the small town of Windham. At the time when Hawthorne was sailing his little boat on the lake, at the age of fourteen, John Andrew was in his nurse's arms,--born May 31, 1818. Like Hawthorne and Longfellow he went to Bowdoin College, but did not distinguish himself there as a scholar,--had no honors at commencement. We are still in ignorance concerning his college life, what his interests were, and how he spent his time; but Andrew never cared much for anything which had not an immediate and practical value. Greek and Latin, merely for their own sake as ancient languages, did not appeal t
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