The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907 Page: 352
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Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
concerning the Alcott family; Emerson and Channing, in the dis-
cussion of Thoreau, and so on. Thus the separate chapters even
are not unified.
The advantage of Mrs. Swayne's method of compilation is that
the book seems a real transcript from life since almost every writer
is describing the daily habits of an intimate friend, or some his-
torical event of which he was an eye-witness. Thus we read in one
of those numerous footnotes which add great value to the book:
"'Henry talks about Nature just as if she'd been born and brought
up in Concord,' said Madam Hoar of Thoreau." Again from
Louisa Alcott's journal, dated February, 1861, comes a charming
picture of the simple village life at that time, when her father,
Amos Bronson Alcott, was superintendent of the Concord public
schools: "Father had his usual school festival, and Emerson asked
me to write a song, which I did. On the 16th, the schools all met
in the hall (four hundred),-a pretty posy bed, with a border of
proud parents and friends. Some of the fogies objected to the
names, Phillips and John Brown. But Emerson said: 'Give it
up? No, no; I will read it.' Which he did, to my great content-
ment; for when the great man of the town says 'Do it,' the thing
is done. So the choir warbled, and the Alcotts were lifted up in
their vain minds."
The typographical work of the volume has not been done so well
as the editing. In the copy at hand, pp. vii and viii of the index,
with the accompanying advertising page, are duplicated. Mis-
prints also, such as, "Cival" for "Civil," p. 26; "inhabitatants" for
"inhabitants," p. 36; "ryhthms" for "rhythms," p. 200, are en-
tirely too frequent throughout the book. On the other hand, the
numerous illustrations, chiefly half-tone engravings of Concord
worthies and scenes in that vicinity are beautiful-those of the
typical New England homes and landscapes being particularly rest-
ful to the eye. The volume closes with a complete index.
ROBT. A. LAW.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 10, July 1906 - April, 1907, periodical, 1907; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101040/m1/390/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.