Henry W. Longfellow.
Birth and early life—The old house by the sea—College life—Early literary productions—Becomes a professor in Bowdoin College—Travels in Europe—Marriage—Literary labors—“Outre Mer”—Is made a professor in Harvard College—His second visit to Europe—Death of his wife—Goes to live in the Craigie House—Historical associations—Washington’s headquarters—A congenial home—Literary labors—“Hyperion”—Great popularity of the book—“Voices of the Night”—“The Spanish Student”—Mr. Longfellow buys the Craigie House—Summary of his works—The “Song of Hiawatha”—Death of Mrs. Longfellow—Mr. Longfellow again visits Europe—His popularity with the English-speaking race—Cause of his popularity—“Resignation”—Scene from “The Golden Legend”—The poet’s home.
The Hawthornes of Salem—A sea-going race—Birth of Nathaniel Hawthorne—A sad home—Early life—His college days—Longfellow’s recollection of him—Returns home—The young recluse—Literary efforts—“Twice-Told Tales”—“The most unknown author in America”—Enters the Boston Custom House—His duties—Popularity with the sailors—Loses his office—Becomes a member of the Brook Farm Community—Marries and goes to live at Concord—“The Old Manse”—Life at Concord—Curiosity of the village people—“Mosses from an Old Manse”—Hawthorne’s visitors—Hawthorne and his friends—George William Curtis’ recollections—Removes to Salem—Is made surveyor of that port—“The Scarlet Letter”—Removal to the Berkshire Hills—“The House of the Seven Gables”—Returns to Concord—“Life of Franklin Pierce”—Is made Consul to Liverpool—–Life abroad—Depressed by the war—Moncure D. Conway’s recollections—Juvenile works—Death of Mr. Ticknor—Effect upon Hawthorne—Goes traveling with Ex-President Pierce—Sudden death of Hawthorne—Burial at Concord.
The elder Booth—His success as an actor—His sons—Birth of Edwin Booth—Early life—Brought up on the stage—Admiration for his father—Travels with him—First appearance—Appears frequently with his father—Plays Richard III. in New York—A bold venture—Learns the details of his profession—Visits Australia and the Sandwich Islands—Re-appearance in New York in 1857—Recollections of him at that time—His labors in his profession—Successful tours throughout the country—Visits England—Appears at the Haymarket Theater in London—Studies on the continent—Appearance at the Winter Garden—The Shakespearian revivals—Destruction of the Winter Garden by fire—Loss of Mr. Booth’s theatrical wardrobe—Popular sympathy—The new theater—Opening of the building—Description of Booth’s Theater—A magnificent establishment—A splendid stage—Novel mode of setting the scenes—Magnificent mounting of the plays produced there—Mr. Booth’s performances—Personal—Genius as an actor—Beneficial influence upon the drama.