Life and Letters Volume 2

Life and Letters Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ... Taylor mourned Mr. Greeley's death sincerely. He had been associated with the great editor ever since he had himself entered the field of journalism, and in the quarter-century intimacy had learned to know him well. With the knowledge had come only increasing respect, and when in 1876 he was called upon to accept, in the name of the people, the monumental bust of Horace Greeley, which an association of printers had placed in Greenwood Cemetery, he mingled his own personal regard with his recognition of Mr. Greeley's public services. "I should like," he said in his address, "to speak of his tenderness and generosity. I should like to explain the awkward devices of his heart to hide itself, knowing that the exhibition of feeling is unconventional, and sensitive lest its earnest impulses should be misconstrued. But the veil which he wore during life must not be lifted by the privilege which follows death; enough of light shines through it to reveal all that the world need know. To me his nature seemed like a fertile tract of the soil of his native New Hampshire. It was cleared and cultivated, and rich harvests clad its southern slopes; yet the rough primitive granite cropped out here and there, and there were dingles which defied the plough, where the sweet wild flowers blossomed in their season, and the wild birds built their nests unharmed. In a word, he was a man who kept his life as God fashioned it for him, neither assuming a grace which was not bestowed, nor disguising a quality which asserted its existence.'" The whole period was one of public and private loss to Bayard Taylor. He learned soon after of the death of his dear friend Mr. Kensett, the artist, and of his long-tried associate, Mr. Putnam, the publisher. These...
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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236638271
  • 9781236638274