Oliver Wendell Holmes: Physician and Man of Letters
is an anthology of essays by learned authors discussing physician, author, and poet Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), whose distinguished colleagues included the legendary Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
Actually, A Man of Letters
is a collection of excerpts from letters I have sent and received since 1960, on topics ranging from education to economics, law, the media, Third World countries and--in a very few places--black intellectuals.
The "man of letters
" as Gross understands him, is one who lives by writing and makes a living by doing so--that is, a professional writer, albeit one with literary interests.
A plaque honoring him as a "Black-American man of letters
" is affixed to this building, which is still an apartment house.
Wednesday: Saltburn '53, Meltdown; Cliffe Theatre, A Man of Letters
; Durham Dramatic Society, Something Unspoken.
The eclectic collection, gathered by the eccentric man of letters
and architect Charles Paget Wade, includes twenty-six sets of Japanese Samurai armour (being packed up), Jacobean glass, seventeenth-century legal and religious books and children's toys.
Hawthorne In Concord is no light reading biographical sketch, but a substantial, informative, and superbly presented in-depth account of the great American man of letters
, Nathaniel Hawthorne, considering both his literary contribution and his influence on Concord's community of philosophers, poets, reformers and intellectuals as a whole.
He may have written about cornflakes or, in "The Common Life," talked about "our roll-call of persons we would least like to go to bed with," but his is the voice of the old man of letters
, not the young rebel.
Ratings: TICERO (82), Gatwick (80), Galvanise (78), Man of Letters
He was also a man of letters
, something few powerbrokers are.
He is convincing in his argument that in order for Cavalieri's importance, creativity, and impact to be understood, he needs to be seen in all of these contexts at once: as humanist and man of letters
, artistic patron and collector, creative director, manager, political actor, devoted Christian.
Against that fragmentation, he believed "the man of letters
" stood, defending the "one lost truth which must be perpetually recovered: the truth of what Jacques Maritain calls the 'supra-temporal destiny' of man." This was the ordering principle that should govern society, and Tate saw his own role as that of a man of letters
who took serio usly the duty of defending that order.