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Frank Preston Stearns, Cambridge Sketches 210 0 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Walcott Boynton, Reader's History of American Literature 146 0 Browse Search
Bliss Perry, The American spirit in lierature: a chronicle of great interpreters 138 0 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cheerful Yesterdays 84 0 Browse Search
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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.) 64 0 Browse Search
Laura E. Richards, Maud Howe, Florence Howe Hall, Julia Ward Howe, 1819-1910, in two volumes, with portraits and other illustrations: volume 1 57 1 Browse Search
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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 1: Longfellow as a classic (search)
l-known group of poets which adorned Boston and its vicinity so long. The first to go was also the most widely famous. Emerson reached greater depths of thought; Whittier touched the problems of the nation's life more deeply; Holmes came personalltance, up to September, 1901, were 487; under Longfellow, 357; then follow, among English-writing poets, Browning (179), Emerson (158), Arnold (140), Holmes (135), Morris (117), Lowell (114), Whittier (104), Poe (103), Swinburne (99), Whitman (64). having eighty-five votes, and being preceded only by Washington, Lincoln, Webster, Franklin, Grant, Marshall, Jefferson, Emerson, and Fulton. Besides Emerson and Longfellow, only two literary men were included, these being Irving with eighty-four Emerson and Longfellow, only two literary men were included, these being Irving with eighty-four votes and Hawthorne with seventy-three. It is a well-known fact that when the temporary leader in any particular branch of literature or science passes away, there is often visible a slight reaction, perhaps in the interest of supposed justice, w
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 7: the corner stone laid (search)
but essentially academic. They had all lain in the same general direction with Ticknor's History of Spanish Literature, and had shared its dryness. But when he wrote, at twenty-four, an article for The North American Review of January, 1832, North American Review, XXXIV. 56. called The Defence of Poetry, taking for his theme Sir Philip Sidney's Defence of Poesy, just then republished in the Library of the Old English Prose Writers, at Cambridge, Mass., it was in a manner a prediction of Emerson's oration, The American Scholar, five years later. So truly stated were his premises that they are still valid and most important for consideration to-day, after seventy years have passed. It is thus that his appeal begins— . . With us, the spirit of the age is clamorous for utility,—for visible, tangible utility, —for bare, brawny, muscular utility. We would be roused to action by the voice of the populace, and the sounds of the crowded mart, and not lulled to sleep in shady idleness<
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 14: anti-slavery poems and second marriage (search)
have even the name of the book appear in his pages. His friend Samuel Ward, always an agreeable man of the world, wrote from New York of the poems, They excite a good deal of attention and sell rapidly. I have sent one copy to the South and others shall follow, and includes Longfellow among you abolitionists. The effect of the poems was unquestionably to throw him on the right side of the great moral contest then rising to its climax, while he incurred, like his great compeers, Channing, Emerson, and Sumner, some criticism from the pioneers. Such differences are inevitable among reformers, whose internal contests are apt to be more strenuous and formidable than those incurred between opponents; and recall to mind that remark of Cosmo de Medici which Lord Bacon called a desperate saying; namely, that Holy Writ bids us to forgive our enemies, but it is nowhere enjoined upon us that we should forgive our friends. To George Lunt, a poet whose rhymes Longfellow admired, but who bitt
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 16: literary life in Cambridge (search)
might naturally be asked for some such counsel. In replying he sent Mr. Furness, under date of January 7, 1845, a list of fifty-four eligible authors, among whom Emerson stood last but one, while Longfellow was not included at all. He then appended a supplementary list of twenty-four minor authors, headed by Longfellow. Corresponnch mind than of the English, when discussing American themes. Writing at that early period, M. Chasles at once recognized, for instance, the peculiar quality of Emerson's genius. He describes Longfellow, in comparison, as what he calls a moonlight poet, having little passion, but a calmness of attitude which approaches majesty, n we consider how remote Jean Paul seems from the present daily life of Germany, one feels the utter inappropriateness of his transplantation to New England. Yet Emerson read the book with great contentment, and pronounced it the best sketch we have seen in the direction of the American novel, and discloses at the end the real cha
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 17: resignation of Professorship—to death of Mrs. Longfellow (search)
fame unquestionably rests far more securely on this and other strictly American poems than on the prolonged labor of the Golden Legend. He himself writes that some of the newspapers are fierce and furious about Hiawatha, and again there is the greatest pother over Hiawatha. Freiligrath, who translated the poem into German, writes him from London, Are you not chuckling over the war which is waging in the Athenaeum about the measure from Hiawatha ? He had letters of hearty approval from Emerson, Hawthorne, Parsons, and Bayard Taylor; the latter, perhaps, making the best single encomium on the book in writing to its author, The whole poem floats in an atmosphere of the American Indian summer. The best tribute ever paid to it, however, was the actual representation of it as a drama by the Ojibway Indians on an island in Lake Huron, in August, 1901, in honor of a visit to the tribe by some of the children and grandchildren of the poet. This posthumous tribute to a work of genius i
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 23: Longfellow as a poet (search)
just as Carlyle's influence in America was due largely to Emerson. Be this as it may, it is certain that the hold of both Ldoubt a great original thinker, such as was afforded us in Emerson. But for him we should perhaps have been still provincialthe bobolink and the humble-bee, which they knew. It was Emerson and the so-called Transcendentalists who really set our liwas not led by his own convictions to leave his study like Emerson and take direct part as a contestant in the struggles of toes his poetry. He went to Concord sometimes to dine with Emerson, and meet his philosophers, Alcott, Thoreau, and Channing. Or Emerson came to Cambridge, to take tea, giving a lecture at the Lyceum, of which Longfellow says, The lecture good, but, side-lights, and cross-lights, into every subject. When Emerson's collected poems are sent him, Longfellow has the book rele-bee, as containing much of the quintessence of poetry. Emerson's was one of the five portraits drawn in crayon by Eastman
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Chapter 24: Longfellow as a man (search)
and the Saturday Club; and at their entertainments Longfellow was usually present, as were also, in the course of time, Emerson, Holmes, Lowell, Agassiz, Whittier, and many visitors from near and far. Hawthorne was rarely seen on such occasions, anadical reformers, as Garrison, Phillips, Bronson Alcott, Edmund Quincy, or Theodore Parker, and so did not call out what Emerson christened the soul of the soldiery of dissent. It would be a mistake to assume that on these occasions Longfellow waa century; he had met them all with the same affability, and had consented, with equal graciousness, to be instructed by Emerson and Sumner, or to be kindly patronized—as the story goes—by Oscar Wilde. From that room had gone forth innumerable kind Among his immediate friends, Holmes stood for exact science, Lowell and Whittier for reform, Sumner for statesmanship, Emerson for spiritual and mystic values; even the shy Hawthorne for public functions at home and abroad. Here was a man whose s
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Index (search)
23. Eden Hall, 219. Edgeworth, Miss, Maria, 62. Edinburgh, 8, 233. Edinburgh Review, the, 90. Edrehi, Israel, 214. Eichhorn, Prof., 46. Eliot, Charles W., quoted, 184, 185. Eliot, Samuel A., 182. Elmwood, Cambridge, 168. Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1, 6, 75,164, 192, 196, 209, 259, 271, 285, 292, 294; on Kavanagh, 199; his influence upon literature, 261, 262; lectures in Cambridge, 272. England, 7, 12, 33, 71, 72, 101, 167, 170, 195, 214, 223, 248, 252, 255, 257, 259, 260, 263; Lially American, 258-260; interested in loal affairs, 260; dislikes English criticism of our literature, 263, 264; manner in which his poems came to him, 264,265; his alterations, 266, 267; compared with Browning, 270; relations with Whittier and Emerson, 271, 272; on Browning, 272, 273; on Tennyson, 273; his table-talk, 273-275; unpublished poems, 276; descriptions of, 278, 279; his works popular, 280; Cardinal Wiseman on, 281; resembles Turgenieff, 282; home life, 282-285; member of the Russia