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Stedman and Mr. Stoddard have in prose and poetry rendered affectionate tributes to the memory of their friend, the distinguished poet, traveler, and diplomat, whose death created a vacancy in American literature which has never been filled" Willis would write an introduction for the same, and this secured the publication of 'Views Afoot'" Stoddard met Bayard Taylor through Mrs. Stoddard, that during her absence, he had better call upon the latter, as he would be sure to like him" Derby reprints Stoddard's account of their first meeting from recollections of Bayard Taylor, contributed to the New York Independent p.

Derby also mentions Stoddard's Life of Baron Humboldt, published by Carleton on the condition that the introduction be written by Taylor, a friend of Humboldt's. The book was quite successful, but Derby notes that this might have been due to the book being marketed as Taylor's Life of Humboldt Taylor was very much complimented by this parody, as he should have been" Derby notes at the time of his writing "Mrs. Taylor has just completed the biography of her eminent and lamented husband, whose labor of love, in book form, is looked forward to with lively interest by thousands of her late husband's friends" Bayard was a member of Aldrich's "nearer circle of contemporaries" during his experience in the "Literary Bohemia" in New York Taylor's departure abroad is mentioned in a letter from Aldrich to Stedman Aldrich mentions in a letter to Howells dated Dec.

Greenslet discusses Taylor's death in December, Greenslet claims this death brought "a keen sorrow" to Aldrich; Taylor had "gone abroad with his well-merited ministerial honors, never to return. He was a man without guile" Greenselt reprints Aldrich's elegy for Taylor on pp. Greenslet reprints Aldrich's letters to Taylor on the following pages: ,, ,,, , , Gunn documents attending Taylor's lecture, "Monday. Returned to New York, seeing Pounden by the way. To Bayard Taylor's lecture in 2. Crowd filled the lecture room at Clinton Hall — had to adjourn to Cooper Institute.

Subject "Moscow" Gunn journals meeting Bayard Taylor, "to the Tribune Office and was there introduced to Bayard Taylor, who impressed me very pleasantly. He was here on reportorial duty and had what appeared to be a magnificent horse waiting to bear him to Manassas" Gunn finds Taylor in the Tribune Office and describes their encounter, "Wednesday.

Scribbling in my room after a sally out to purchase ink. A second-rate Southern hotel dinner. To Washington by the 4 o'clock boat. Found Bayard Taylor in the Tribune Office, sitting with a very sunburnt face and rough blue shirt, coat off, writing his account of the evacuation of Manassas, from which he had just returned. He regarded it, rightly, as a success on the part of the Confederates and a humiliation to the Union troops or rather their monstrously be-puffed general" Piloted my former companion on Lake Superior to Bayard Taylor's lodging and left him there" It has been decided that Gunn should ride down the river, "In default of movement on the part of Heintzelman's corps it had been settled between Wilkeson, Bayard Taylor and myself, that I should ride down the river, beyond Mount Vernon and visit certain rebel batteries, recently abandoned, for the purpose of sketching and describing them" Waud, with characteristic assurance, pronounces two or three small forts on an open plain, without flank or rear defences, sundry fences, over which Taylor had ridden his horse and a few quaker guns, "impregnable.

I didn't like his arrogant denunciation of a man who had seen ten times as much as himself and had written, withal, modestly and honestly, hence we had a sharp bit of controversy. Like many conversational bullies he moderated his tone on opposition, and condescended to become friendly" Gunn recalls a story by Taylor, "Boy sent off; returns with cock and bull story, having been to wrong stable.

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Edge comes and prattles. Bayard Taylor tells a story about Charles Mackay inviting him to dinner at the Star and Garter, Richmond, and afterwards assigning half the amount of the bill to be paid by his guest! Taylor commends Gunn to Dr. Skilton, "Friday.

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Old Berry sent us over to his tent, very hospitably, to get a breakfast. There we encountered a Dr Julius A. Skilton of the New York 87th. He had some knowledge of Bayard Taylor, whom with characteristic kindness, had specially commended me to Skilton's hospitality. I was welcome, said the doctor, to take up my quarters in a Sibley tent, occupied at present by him and his steward, Frank Holman, an Englishman from Brooklyn, N. Taylor is mentioned as being a friend of Caroline M. Kirkland, an attendee of Lynch's receptions Hemstreet discusses Taylor's first meeting and friendship with Stoddard.

According to Hemstreet, at the time of their meeting, Taylor had already traveled across Europe on foot and had published his account of his trip in Views Afoot. At this time, Taylor was also one of several editors working for Greeley at the Tribune. Taylor and George Ripley wrote the paper's book criticisms. According to Hemstreet, " Views Afoot was the most popular book of its day when Stoddard walked into the Tribune office and introduced himself to the author, finding him very hard at work in a little pen of a room" Taylor and Stoddard's friendship lasted thirty years.

The two met on Saturdays at Taylor's small apartment where Taylor taught Stoddard to smoke and the men discussed literature and wrote poetry According to Hemstreet, despite the success of Views Afoot , Taylor "led a life of hard work and struggle" Stoddard met several people through Taylor, whose friends often visited him at home. Rufus W. Griswold is mentioned as one of Taylor's early "advisers. Boker, and the lawyer-author Richard Kimball Hemstreet claims that "These days of changing fortunes were the most romantic of Taylor's career. Many other places in the city are associated with him, one a house near Washington Square, where he lived for several years and wrote among other things the Poems of the Orient " Taylor traveled around Europe before dying in Berlin within the year of his departure Hemstreet mentions that Stoddard and Taylor once lived together across the street from Waverly Place; their house was at the corner Taylor, Stoddard, Aldrich, and Stedman are mentioned as the parties in New York involved in the "inconsistent opposition" to the third edition of Leaves of Grass in Lalor writes that "It was chiefly against this ambivalent group and against the naysayers of New England that Clapp did battle for Whitman, with a characteristic originality of method which was both a tribute to the Press at the same time it was a boon to Whitman" Taylor went to Europe and the Middle East in He lectured when he returned, and eventually worked at the Tribune Taylor and Richard Henry Stoddard were friends, and met while they were "poetry-struck teenagers" Levin notes that Bayard Taylor drew similarities between Pfaff's beer cellar and a cellar he had been to in Leipzig.

Taylor mused that the "'mild potations of beer and the dreamy breath of cigars delayed the nervous, fidgety, clattering-foot American hours'" Levin is unclear as to how often he visited Pfaff's.

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Taylor remarked that the cellar reminded him of one in Leipzig and said, "mild potations of beer and the dreamy breath of cigars delayed the nervous, fidgety, clattering-footed American hours" Taylor also noted that the atmosphere allowed escape from bourgeois life. Taylor is mentioned as one of the "mainstays of the 'genteel tradition'" who occasionally visited Pfaff's and later tried to dissociate himself from the group. This group's association with the Pfaffians "helped define the genteel Bohemianism that would come into fashion in the 's and 's" through their "antipathy towards bourgeois materialism.

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A note announces that Mr. Putnam has published a new volume of Taylor's Northern Travels that also includes a new portrait of the author 2. According to the note, Taylor has currently booked over one hundred speaking engagements for the Winter and cannot add any more to his schedule 3.

A note announces the beginning of Taylor's lecture tour in the West and notes that Taylor will not make his way to the East coast for several months 2. Taylor was one of many writers who sought "refuge in the past" in order to escape the "chaos caused by the war and a rapidly changing American society" In a January 2, review, Winter disparaged Taylor's "new novel, Hanna Thurston , which dealt with sectarianism, temperance, anti-slavery, spiritualism, and women's rights" This article announces that "Bayard Taylor arrived on Wednesday, in the Saxonia , after an absence of two years and a half Taylor lectured as part of the Mercantile Library lectures for the Athenaeum in March, His lecture was titled "Ourselves and Our Relations.

He wrote the words to "Greetings to America" that was composed by Benedict? Odell says that the money was "offered as a prize for the best poem written under these excruciating circumstances" Bayard was also a part of the Brooklyn Institute lecture series Taylor was a lecturer at the Athenaeum in the season in a "special fall and winter course" that also included Emerson, J.

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Saxe, E. Taylor is mentioned as a "play carpenter" in the same manner as Gayler in Odell's discussion of Walden's style of dramatic adaptation Taylor gave a lecture at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute Dec. He was also part of the Hamlitonian Literary Association lecture series given at the Odeon, , in Brooklyn. According to Parry, Taylor liked what he described as the "dim, smoky, confidential atmosphere" at Pfaff's because it reminded him of Auerbach's beer cellar in Leipzig.

Parry quotes Taylor: "mild potations of beer and the dream breath of cigars delayed the nervous, fidgety, clattering-footed American hours" Parry mentions that Taylor and Stedman were among the "valued friends" Stoddard "weaned" away from Pfaff's and into respectability. During this time period, Taylor rarely visited Pfaff's and "it was not until some twenty years later that he overcame his faint-heartedness sufficiently to sentimentalize Pfaff's in Echo Club, and Other Literary Diversions " Stoddard's obituary mentions that during the years Stoddard worked at the Custom House , he struck up an acquaintance and then a friendship with Taylor.

The obituary states that "By the best of his leisure he struggled up into self-education, and the companionship of such men as Bayard Taylor and Henry Clapp" 5. Sentilles quotes Taylor's description of Pfaff's as a place where "mild potations of beer and the dreamy breath of cigars delayed the nervous fidgety, clattering-footed American hours. Of the "measure of prestige and influence" that the Tribune carried when it became an unprecedented success, Taylor said "the Tribune is next to the Bible all through the West" To follow the Manassas campaign, Dana "sent one of the Tribune's prima donnas, Bayard Taylor, the big, genial poet and world traveler whose descriptive work in California and with Perry's expedition to Japan had provided the paper with some of its most notable reporting, to follow the campaign.

Taylor piled on the satire, datelining one dispatch 'Camp Disappointment, near Centreville,' and was only too happy to accept an offer a few days later to go to St. Petersburg as Secretary of the American legation. War correspondence, he confessed, was 'a test of human endurance' for which he had no taste" In a discussion of the preference of editors to keep the identities of their war correspondents anonymous or under the cover of a pen name, Starr writes about the different choice of editors.

Some writers were allowed men names or initials, while editors like Bennet insisted on anonymity. Some writers, however, were allowed to identify themselves, as Starr quotes Sam Wilkeson's explanation of the "prevailing view" to Gay: "The anonymous greatly favors freedom and boldness in newspaper correspondence. Besides the responsibility it fastens on a correspondent, the signature inevitably detracts from the powerful impersonality of a journal" Stoddard recalls spending late nights in his quarters writing verse with O'Brien and Bayard Taylor, who "had just returned from the Orient.

Stoddard, Grant White, and Joseph Barber, we are a little doubtful of their ages—but we give them the benefit of the doubt" 4. Taylor's memory. He could quote by the hour English, German, Italian, and even Swedish poetry, and apparently have inexhaustible treasures still in reserve" The poet Chivers, for instance-what wonderful things he has produced! Winter notes that Poe "was the first authoritative voice to recognize the excellence of Bayard Taylor; hailing him, , as 'unquestionably the most terse, glowing, and vigorous of all our poets'" Winter discusses Taylor's senses of humor and fun, stating that "a sense of humor was one of Taylor's most propitious and most charming attributes, and with him, as with all other persons who possess that blessing, it served as a shield against petty troubles and as a cordial stimulant to philosophical views of fun.


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He was like a boy, also, in his love of fun" To demonstrate Taylor's sense of humor, Winter recounts Taylor's account of an experience he had at Rev. Horace Mann's house and also cites Taylor's "Echo Club," "first published serially and afterward in a book" as a "conspicuous product of Taylor's playful humor. Winter reprints a letter Taylor wrote him on the subject of the book dated October 8, , from Goatha. In this letter Taylor thanks Winter for sending him copies of the New York papers and mentions that he hopes Winter does not mind that Taylor parodied his writing: "All the papers were welcome, I assure you, and even the sight of your unforgeable MS.

Moreover here was evidence that you have already forgiven me for my abominable effort at imitating some of your best poems, making comic the very qualities in them which I most enjoy. I may congratulate myself, I think, on having finished the series of travesties without having so far as I know giving lasting offense to any of the victims.

Yet, stay! It was a perilous undertaking, just at present, and I might easily have worse luck. In this same letter, Taylor confesses to Winter that both he and his wife have had "a strange fancy" that something has happened to one of the Stoddards and hopes that he is wrong in his feeling. Taylor also asks after Stedman and encloses a separate letter for him in the care of Winter. Taylor also speaks of his return and asks Winter to write him with "all the gossip, literary and otherwise" Of the "travesties" in "Echo Club," Winter writes that several "are notably felicitous, and all of them are amusing.

Winter reprints the first stanza of Taylor's parody on "The Psalm of Life" here: "O'er the fragile rampart leaning, Which enclosed the herd of swine, Thoughts of vast and wondrous meaning Flitted through this brain of mine. New York, May 30, Winter also reprints a letter from Taylor that discusses the poem. Taylor confirms Winter's opinion that the poem "is certainly the best thing I've yet done," and how he feels that he is really honing his poetic skill. Taylor also discusses his poetic feelings and his thoughts on how one develops into a poet. Taylor also remarks to Winter that he is happy, despite the fact that he knows the publication sales for the poem have not been particularly good; he feels his craft has improved.

Taylor also discusses having to do "a certain amount of technical hack work, in order to buy the rest of my time for myself" and his plans to fully use his spare time to do his own work In , Taylor was asked to participate in the centennial celebration of The Declaration of Independence, in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July, as "the poet of that national occasion. Winter notes that during this time, he and Taylor lived almost across the street from each other, on East Eighteenth Street, in New York, and worked together at "The New York Tribune," so they met often and exchanged notes when they could not meet.

Some of their conversations at this time related to Taylor's progress on the poems for these occasions; Taylor had trouble concentrating his thoughts on the Ode for the Fourth of July, so he asked Winter to take his place at one of the events. Winter read a poem at the reunion of the Society of the Army of the Potomic, while Taylor read his "magnificent Ode" in front of Independence Hall According to Winter, "he electrified a vast multitude and gained for himself a laurel that can never fade: for there is no other poem that so fully and so eloquently expresses the central thought of American civilization and the passionate enthusiasm for liberty by which that civilzation is permeated and sustained" Winter reprints on p.

Taylor writes: "As for myself, I don't know how it was, nor can I yet understand,--but I did what I never saw done before, and certainly shall never do again: thousands of common people were silenced, then moved, then kindled into a flame, by Poetry!


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  • It was this grand instinctive feeling of the mass which amazed me most" Winter remarks that when he met with Taylor after the event, "Taylor's delight in the triumphant success of his ode was almost pathetic in its childlike ecstasy of happiness" He discusses his current project of writing a History of Germany for schools, "for the sake of bread and butter," and also discusses the current business failures of his publications of his creative works. Taylor also mentions some of the reviews of his works, including Stedman's review of his Vienna Letters, which Taylor says he would think were ironic if he didn't have an existing friendship with Stedman and if Stedman hadn't seen the poem before it was published.

    Despite the commercial failures of his poetry, Taylor writes that he is still committed to producing it. Taylor also discusses his travel plans, homesickness, and his family Taylor also mentions having lectured in German for the benefit of the Ladies' Charitable Associations of the city on the topic of American Literature. At this event, Taylor read a translation of Poe's "Raven" in German, some Whittier, and some other poems, and Taylor feels these works "seemed to make a strong impression. Taylor also inquires about the "Tribune" office after Greeley's death and mentions Reid's poem about the editor Winter notes that at the time of his writing "not one remains" of this group.

    Winter notes that Taylor's writings show that he had strong affection for Stoddard and Boker. Winter also recalls that his first meeting with Taylor was at the Stoddards' home at the northeast corner of Fourth Avenue and Tenth Street, in New York, where they would often gather their friends: "there I have seen Taylor, as also at his own fireside and at mine, the incarnation of joviality and the soul of mirth" Winter says of Taylor: "He was in no way ascetic. He loved the pleasures of life. No man could more completely obey than he did the Emersonian injunction to 'Hear what wine and roses say!

    Of Taylor's poetic influences, Winter writes: "In the earlier part of his career, he fancied himself a disciple of Shelley: there is, among his works, an ode to that elusive poet, whom he invokes as 'Immortal brother'; but, in fact, he had as little natural sympathy with the rainbow mysticism of that rainbow being as he had with his proclivity for dry bread. He would have consorted far more readily with Burns or Christopher North, 'the jolly bachelors of Tarbolton and Mauchline' Not that he fancied carousal: but he was very human.

    Like Shelly, however, he loved Grecian themes: his 'Icarus,' 'Hylas' and 'Passing the Sirens' are fine imaginative examples of that love; but, like Burns, he habitually treated all themes in a spirit of ardent humanity" These men did not lead Bohemian lifestyles and were not sympathetic to the lifestyle Winter notes that while "Taylor, roaming up and down the world,--as Goldsmith had done before him,--learning languages, consorting with all sorts of persons, and earning his bread with his pen, possessed the true Bohemian spirit; but, all the same, his tastes were domestic, his proclivities were those of the scholar and the artist, and he typifies not Grub Street, but literature; and in literature he especially represents the rare and precious attribute of poetic vitality; for his many-colored line throbs and glows with life,--not alone the life of intellect, but the life of the heart" Winter writes that "It is difficult to depict, in the cold gleam of words, the inspiring personality of Bayard Taylor and to indicate its value to the general experience" Winter continues: "In the common life of every day he was the genial comrade, enjoying everything and happy in contributing to the happiness around him.

    In the life of the intellect, in the realm of thought and expression, he became transfigured; he was the priest at the altar, the veritable apostle of Art" Winter also notes that while Taylor, Stoddard, Stedman, Boker, Curtis, Ludlow, and the names of have been "comingled wtih those of Clapp's Bohemian associates," they "were not only not affiliated with that coterie but were distinct from it, and, in some instances, were inimical to it" Winter also notes that both Taylor and Stoddard were friends with O'Brien, but their friendship did not last Taylor is buried in Longwood, PA.

    As long as there is beauty in the world, and as long as there are human hearts to receive its message of joy and hope, his voice will be heard" Taylor is mentioned as a friend of O'Brien and was incorporated into the intimate circle that included the Bohemians. The Vault at Pfaff's Edward Whitley whitley lehigh. Categories: Poetry By Individual Poets. Description This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible.

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