1887 Oliver W. Holmes Talks on Literature Science Philosophy & Religion Leather

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Seller: rickl711 (7,608) 100%, Location: Coventry, Rhode Island, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 192677975508 The Poet At The Breakfast-Table He Talks with his Fellow-boarders and the Reader By Oliver Wendell Holmes Published by Houghton, Mifflin And Company Boston Riverside Press, Cambridge 1887 Hardcover. Half Leather Binding. Leather Spinr & Corners. Raised Spine Bands. Marbled Page Edges. Marbled Endpapers. 5" x 7.5" iv + 418 Pages. Indexed. 131 Years Old ----------------- The Poet At The Breakfast Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) Holmes' famous series of Breakfast-Table sketches are imaginary conversations at a Boston boardinghouse , reflecting Holmes's opinions, charm, and wit. A series of light and genial essays full of humor. "The Poet" consists of talks on many subjects - religion , science , literature - with a frequent excursion into the realm of philosophy. The local New England flavor is very strong. Holmes gives many a hard hit at prejudice and intolerance. The principal persons at the table are the Poet ; the Old Master, a scholarly philosopher ; the Scarabee, a withered entomologist ; the poetic young astronomer ; Scheherazade, a young girl who writes stories ; and the Lady. All of these occasionally take part in the conversation, but frequently the writer in his own person addresses the reader directly. ------------------------ Oliver Wendell Holmes was a physician by profession but achieved fame as a writer; he was one of the best regarded American poets of the 19th century. He was one of the five members of the group known as the Fireside Poets , contributed poems and essays to the Atlantic Monthly from its inception, and also published novels. In 1846, in a letter to William T. G. Morton, the dentist who was the first practitioner to publicly demonstrate the use of ether during surgery , Holmes coined the word anaesthesia . Dr. Holmes developed the popular model of the stereoscope , a 19th century entertainment in which pictures were viewed in 3-D. He was widely known and admired during his life. ** Condition ** Some general binding wear. The spine is worn. Lacks the spine labels. [ see the photos ] The covers remain tightly attached, and the inner hinges are secure. Old owner's name on the front endpaper. (" Jane M. Stevens ") No other writing. No markings. The pages are clean and in very good condition. Recently treated with Bookbinder's Leather Preservative-Restorer to replenish essential oils and help preserve the antique leather. Carefully Packed for Shipment to the Buyer. Have A Look At My Many Other Books. ------------------- Biographical Information: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) Oliver Wendell Holmes was born at Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 29, 1809. At the age of twenty he graduated at Harvard University, then took up the study of law. This study, however, was soon abandoned for medicine. He studied in Europe for a short time, and took his degree as doctor of medicine at Cambridge, in 1836. Two years later he was appointed to the chair of Anatomy and Physiology in Dartmouth College. This position he held till 1847, when he accepted a similar position at Harvard, which he held till 1892. All of his literary work was performed in addition to the labors of a continuous professorship in college of about forty-seven years. Holmes' literary tastes were early indicated by his comic and satiric verse contributed to "The Collegian." These were excellent of their kind. In his early works, the mirth so often outweighed the sentiment as to lessen the promise and the self-prediction of his being a poet indeed. While many of his youthful stanzas are serious and elegant, those which approach the feeling of true poetry are in celebration of companionship and good cheer. He seemed to exemplify what Emerson was wont to preach, that there is honest wisdom in song and joy. He contributed numerous pieces to American periodicals, and in 1836 collected his poems into a volume. His life was not marked by any noted events, but it was like the steady movement of a great river. It grew broader and deeper in each mile of its progress. "Holmes was a shining instance of one who did solid work as a teacher and practitioner, in spite of his success in literature." "Poetry," a metrical essay, was followed by "Terpsichore," a poem; in 1846, "Urania," in 1850, "Astreea," "The Balance of Allusions," a poem. These poems were first delivered before college and literary societies. Though the most direct and obvious of the Cambridge group, the least given to subtleties, he was our typical university poet; the minstrel of the college that bred him, and within whose liberties he taught, jested, sung, and toasted, from boyhood to what in common folk would be old age. Alma Mater was more to him than to Lowell or Longfellow, and not until he came into her estate could Harvard boast a natural songster as her laureate. Turning his attention to prose, he published, in 1858, "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table," a series of light and genial essays full of fancy and humor, which has been successful both in the New and Old World. It appears that this work was planned in his youth; but we owe to his maturity the experience, drollery, proverbial humor, and suggestion that flow at ease through its pages. Little was too high or too low for the comment of this down-east philosopher. A kind of attenuated Benjamin Franklin , he viewed things and folks with the less robustness, but sometimes with keener distinction and insight. His pertinent maxims are so frequent that it seems, as was said of Ralph Waldo Emerson , as if he had jotted them down from time to time and here first brought them to application; they are apothegms of common life and action, often of mental experience, strung together by a device to original as to make the work quite a novelty in literature. The Autocrat holds an intellectual tourney at a boarding-house table; there, jousts against humbug and stupidity, gives light touches of knowledge, sentiment, illustration, coins here and there a phrase destined to be long current, nor forgets the poetic duty of providing a little idyl of human love and interest. This was followed by "The Professor at the Breakfast Table," and later by "The Poet at the Breakfast Table." Between the second and third of the "Autocrat" series, appeared, in 1861, "Elsie Venner," and in 1868, "The Guardian Angel ," two excellent novels. Then, in 1872, he published "Mechanism in Thought and Morals." He is also author of a valuable medical work, and of numerous essays and poems of value. When the Civil War broke out, this conservative poet, who had taken little part in the agitation that preceded it, shared in every way the spirit and duties of the time. None of our poets wrote more stirring war lyrics during the conflict; none was more national so far as loyalty, in a Websterian sense, to our country and her emblem is concerned. He always displayed the simple, instinctive patriotism of the American minute-man. He may or may not have sided with his neighbors, but he was for the nation. His pride was in American descent. When a noted American ship was declared unseaworthy, and about to be abandoned, Holmes came forward with a magnificent poem, entitled "Old Ironsides," that gave that fine old ship a half century of preservation. Many of his sayings must stand among the finest specimens of American wit and humor; and his writings, as a whole, will always be classed among the best of their kind. In his prose works we are constantly delighted by the frequent occurrence of the most brilliant and original thoughts. He will always stand in the temple of American literature, among the most brilliant and popular writers. Oliver Wendell Holmes died October 7, 1894. Condition: See The Photos and See Details Below., Subject: Literature & Fiction, Binding: Leather, Year Printed: 1887, Original/Facsimile: Original, Topic: Philosophy Science Religion Society Culture, Region: North America , US , New England, Modified Item: No, Country/Region of Manufacture: United States, Language: English

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