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James Russell Lowell


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James Russell Lowell : The Vision of Sir Launfal

Bartlett dug out one of James Russell Lowell's poems, 'The Vision of Sir Launfal', though why he chose that dim poem I do not know: we went on to Tennyson, never learning by heart.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Victor Sawdon Pritchett      Print: Book


James Russell Lowell : unknown

'[William Robertson] Nicoll's boyhood reading included Scott, Disraeli, the Brontes, Bulwer Lytton, Shelley, Johnson, Addison, Steele, Goldsmith, Emerson, Lowell, Longfellow ...' [Nicoll's father a Scottish clergyman who amassed library of 17,000 volumes.]

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: William Robertson Nicoll      Print: Book


James Russell Lowell : 

Constance Smedley on readings in American literature: "'Thoreau ... opened the door to a philosophy of life when I was about fifteen ... in his train came Emerson and Lowell ...'"

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Constance Smedley      Print: Unknown


James Russell Lowell : Agassiz

"I read with satisfaction Lowell's poem wh. you sent me. The only fault I find with him is that he occasionally lets his criticism get mixed up in his poetry, but it is thoroughly good solid work - 'solid' is not a happy epithet for poetry but I mean weighty & not finicking."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Leslie Stephen      Print: Serial / periodical


James Russell Lowell : Pictures from Appledore

"I go off tomorrow to Cumberland where I shall climb the British Mt Blanc & forget for a short time that there are such things as books to be written. I take 2 or 3 to read for alas I can't now quite reduce myself to the animal state as I used to in former days. I looked at something of Lowell's the other day & was amused to find that you have got a Saddleback and a great Haystack in America as well as in Cumberland."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Leslie Stephen      Print: Book


James Russell Lowell : Democracy and other addresses

?Meanwhile I have a book from you, wh. I ought to have acknowledged. I guess that Julia did my duty & I did it better than I should. But, though late, I will say thank you now. I admire your faculty of addressing but I should like an argument or two upon minor points.?

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Leslie Stephen      Print: Book


James Russell Lowell : Letters of James Russell Lowell

Henry James to Charles Eliot Norton, 15 November 1893: "The two beautiful volumes of dear J[ames] R[ussell] L[owell] constitute a gift for the substantial grace of which I lose as little time as possible in affectionately thanking you ... I have read the whole thing with absorption and with a delightful illusion [of Lowell's being present]."

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Henry James      Print: Book


James Russell Lowell : A Year's Life

Elizabeth Barrett to James Russell Lowell, 31 March 1842: 'I beg you at last to receive my very earnest thanks for the volume of graceful poetry which I received from you some months ago through the hands of our mutual friend Mr Kenyon [...] There is a natural bloom upon the poems, a one-heartedness with nature, which is very pleasant to me to recognize [...] I hope that you will write on'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book


James Russell Lowell : Poems

Elizabeth Barrett to James Russell Lowell, 31 July 1844, thanking him for copy of his Poems (1844): 'Your "Legend of Brittany" is full of beautiful touches [...] Then among the miscellaneous poems my pencil has marked various beauties & felicities. Chief of all I like the [italics]ode[end italics], which has struck a deep string in me, as it must in all, to whom Poetry has been as to me, the Life-light of existence. 'If I ventured to make a remark in criticism on this new volume in a general point of view, it wd be that there is a certain vagueness of effect, through a redundant copiousness of what may be called poetical diction!'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Barrett      Print: Book


James Russell Lowell : Fireside Travels

'Will you ask Mr Lowell if he would [italics] give [end italics] me his Fireside Travels, with his writing inside? I was so entirely delighted with that book, and should [italics] so [end italics] like to have it [italics] from him [end italics].'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell      Print: Book


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