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James Russell Lowell, 1819-1891
[Mentioned in Miscellaneous Writings, p. 368]
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, poet, critic, essayist, professor, editor, and diplomatist, was the fourth generation of his family to study at Harvard College. Instead of following his father and grandfather in the ministry, he chose law. Although he received his law degree and worked in a law office, his love of literature, which had made him an omnivorous reader, won out. This dominant characteristic was first awakened when his mother used to read to him from "The Faerie Queene" by Spenser. His first volume of poems was sympathetically reviewed, and this encouraged him to join a friend in starting a magazine. It lasted three months, but it was a brilliant venture.
Lowell's many-facted nature was revealed in the variety of his work. Always an enthusiast, he stood strongly on the moral questions of his day: he joined the Temperance Society; he became an active abolitionist, being employed at one time as an editorial writer on the Pennsylvania Freeman. In "The Biglow Papers," a political satire, he expressed his indignation at the injustice of the Mexican War. The characters in these papers express the wit, vigor, and individuality of the Yankee char acter, which Lowell had seen when accompanying his father to country parishes.
"TO CALL . . . LISTEN"
NOEL D. BRYAN-JONES
LOOK UP AT CHRISTMAS
ANNA A. VINSON
"I AM WITH THEE"
BETTY E. THOMPSON
"NEVER PLEAD GUILTY"
FLINT LEWIS TOWNSEND
OBEYING GOD'S LAW
SWEETER THAN THE SONG OF BIRD
Elizabeth Tucker Dresser
DON'T BE A DOOR MAT!
VIRGINIA BYRD CAREW
ELEANOR OWERS SMITH
OVERCOMING THE LIMITATIONS OF MATERIAL SPACE
LAW AND ORDER
JOHN J. SELOVER
LETTERS TO THE PRESS FROM CHRISTIAN SCIENCE COMMITTEES ON PUBLICATION
Francis W. Cousins
For a number of years, I was...
EDWARDINE M. GIBBS
Christian Science has been my...
ERNEST T. CORRELL
Christian Science is the greatest...
In gratitude for all the good that...
I wish to express gratitude for...
Monette K. Moreau
I have had many proofs of the...
Violet H. Amidon
I should like to express my deep...
My introduction to Christian Science...
Helena B. Metzger
About twenty-five years ago I...
I was privileged to attend the...
Alice L. Oberg
Signs of the Times
with contributions from Alexander Nunn, Stanley B. Sudbury