Studies in letters and life

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STUDIES IN LETTERS AND LIFE



BY

GEORGE EDWARD WOODBERRY


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BOSTON AND NEW YORK
HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY
The Riverside Press, Cambridge
1890


Copyright, 1890,
By GEORGE EDWARD WOODBERRY
.

All rights reserved.



The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U. S. A.
Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton & Company.


PREFACE.




The following Essays are reprinted from The Atlantic Monthly and The Nation, with little more revision than was necessary to cover unimportant omissions or to combine, in one or two instances, kindred articles. In the hope that they may afford some illustration, however fragmentary and intermittent, of the love of letters and of interest in ideal living, the author offers them to the reader.

Beverly, July 12, 1890.


CONTENTS.

PAGE
Landor 1
Crabbe 29
On the Promise of Keats 47
Aubrey de Vere on Poetry 66
Illustrations of Idealism.
I. The Pergamon Marbles 85
II. A Greek Trait noticed by Dr. Waldstein 89
III. Mr. Pater on Ideal Æstheticism 98
IV. Italian Renaissance Literature 112
Remarks on Shelley.
I. His Career 124
II. His Acquaintances 133
III. His Italian Letters 156
Some Actors' Criticisms of Othello, Iago, and Shylock 167
Sir George Beaumont, Coleridge, and Wordsworth 188
Three Men of Piety.
I. Bunyan 209
II. Cowper 219
III. Channing 227
Darwin's Life 240
Byron's Centenary 261
Browning's Death 276