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Poe Reviews Hawthorne

“Upon the whole we look upon him as one of the few men of indi­sputable genius to whom our country has as yet given birth.”


Scene in “Our” Sanctum: Or, A Peep Behind the Curtain

Two magazine editors paw through the slush pile of submis­sions. “It was fearfully hot. All the world, excepting the editors, was at the sea-side. Chestnut Street was deserted, ice-creams at a pr­emium; and in the utter stagna­tion of social intercourse and business duties, we were to amuse (?) ourselves with looking over manu­scripts, which the hurry of the previous months had made it impossible for us to examine.”


Poe on Emerson

“Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson belongs to a class of gentlemen with whom we have no patience whatever—the mystics for mysticism’s sake.”


How the King’s Barber Lost His Place

“Ah! woe is me! never shall I smooth such a chin as that of his most gracious Majesty. Never shall I enjoy so fat an office, as the one I enjoyed, when removing the ex­cres­cences from the royal face. Would that I had attended to my own proper business, instead of spouting in political clubs, and urging measures of reform. But in an evil hour, I became a radical. I joined the party of Cobbett and Hunt.”


Tommy’s Opinion of Mother Goose

“I don’t want to read how a hen has two legs,
About time how he flies, and a beggar who begs,
    Or a text with a chapter and verse to’t;
I learn these in school and I say them to you,
I want to read nonsense a minute or two,
    I’ll promise to act none the worse for’t.”


Society for Propagating Impudence

“There was a time, strange as it may now seem, when a degree of diffidence enhanced merit; when modesty, so far from becoming an obstacle to advancement, recommended one to notice—a time when Impudence, which is now indispensable, was a stranger even in the fashionable world. One cannot look back to those days of darkness and ignorance without astonishment; nor reflect but with conscious pride and pleasure upon the rapid advances man has since made in improvement.”


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