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Not to express homage for a public benefactor is to fail in self-respect" At this event, Curtis read from the "Potiphar Papers" Curtis was the editor of Harper's and wrote to O'Connor:.


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The public sympathy will be the Secretary for removing a man who will be considered an obscene author and a free lover. But your hearty vindication of free letters will not be less welcome to all liberal men. According to Allen, "Curtis offered to do what he could 'to redress the wrong' that O'Connor had undertaken to right" Clare discusses G. Curtis' Trumps and discusses how it has increasingly interested the reading audience and claims that it is on par with English serial stories 2.

John Harper looked over his manuscript briefly and told Curtis' "We will publish your book, and you may bring us all the manuscripts on Syria you choose, if written as well as this" The last book appears to have been well received by the London press Derby and Curtis met "when he was connected with a publishing house whose disastrous failure soon terminated his career as a book publisher;" the firm accrued great debts, which Curtis was not obligated to pay, "but he considered himself morally responsible for the debts, and did pay every dollar from the proceeds of the earnings of his pen and eloquent lectures which became so popular throughout the whole country" In , Curtis was a contributor to Putnam's Monthly and was also on the magazine's editorial staff.

His contributions were "a series of satirical sketches on fashionable society, which obtained great popularity and were afterwards published in a volume under their title, 'The Potiphar Papers'" Derby writes that "In , Mr. Curtis entered the political arena, not as an office-seeker or an office-holder, for he has never been either, but a steady friend of all that is pure in politics" According to Derby, at the time of his writing, "Mr. Curtis has been, for more than a quarter of a century, the editor of Harper's Weekly , which under his guidance has become not only an influential factor in politics, but emphatically what it claims to be -- a journal of civilization" Derby also notes that aside from being an "author, journalist, and statesman" he is also a "lecturer and orator, and in my opinion, the most eloquent and graceful since the voices of Phillips and Sumner have been forever silenced" Curtis was one of the writers gathered at the complimentary fruit and flower festival held for distinguished authors by New York publishers at the Crystal Palace in Curtis is also quoted discussing Fletcher Harper after his death He is also quoted discussing the division of labor among the Harper brothers on p.

During the early days of the Civil War, Curtis was appointed the political editor of Harper's Weekly , a position he "continues to hold with commanding ability" at the time of Derby's writing Derby quotes some lines written by Curtis that are incsribed over the fireplace of the Harper's private office in Franklin Square, which he feels "express, in the most felicitous manner, the traditional spirit of the [Harper publishing] house:.

Derby describes Curtis as a "graceful orator" in his discussion of the memory of William Cullen Bryant. Derby reprints the following excerpt from an article contributed to the Century Magazine by S. Conant, executive editor of Harper's Weekly :. Curtis from pursuing authorship as a profession, if we are to regard authorship as the writing of books; but although he has put forth no new volume since the publication of 'Trumps,' the readres of the 'Easy Chair' in Harper's Magazine , and on 'Manners upon the Road,' in Harper's Bazaar , with recognize in him the most charming essayist of the day.

The delicate, graceful humor of these papers, the purity of style, the wide range of culture and observation which they indicate, but which is never obtrusive, give them a distinctive character of their own.

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The 'Easy Chair' is the first part of the magazine to which the reader turns. The author of 'Trumps,' 'The Potiphar Papers,' and 'Prue and I,' could hardly have failed as a novelist, had he chosen to pursue the path of literature; but we will not regret his choice, for while we have many novelists, where shall we look for another name like his in the field of American journalism?

During the war years, Curtis continued to write patriotic editorials and to give nationalist speeches. One of his most memorable talks was "Political Infidelity" in which he argued that "Any system, any policy, any institution, which may not be debated will overthrow us if we do not overthrow it. Hemstreet mentions that the offices of Harper's Magazine , "where George W. Curtis established his Easy Chair in which he was enthroned so long," are located down Frankfort Street, in Franklin Square. Hemstreet also mentions that Howells has taken over Curtis' old position at the magazine Howells mentions his adoration of Curtis and muses over why he didn't see him when he visited New York A note reports that George W.

Curtis, Esq. A note on Harper's Magazine lists George W. Curtis among the "principal contributors" 3. Edward Wilkins' ability to combine "society gossip and theatrical chit-chat in an amusing style" was reminiscent of Curtis's contributions to Harper's Miller In defense of Edwin Forrest's artistic abilities, Edwin G. Wilkins grouped together Curtis, William Stuart, Adam Badeau, and William Hurlburt as a "clique" of dramatic "'critics' who rarely have pluck enough to judge for themselves" Miller Curtis 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" Miller Curtis spoke as part of the lecture series at the Reformed Dutch Church between 21st Street between 5th and 6th Ave.

His March 21, lecture was titled "The Good Fight" Curtis gave same lecture for the Westbury Educational association two days later in Jamaica, Queens Odell mentions that the "silvery eloquence" of Curtis was heard Dec. Odell expresses a desire to have been at the event He lectured October 26, , at the Church of the Reformation in Brooklyn with a "silvery discourse" on American Literature Odell reports that "George William Curtis gave a dignified start" Jan.

Odell again remarks that Curtis is "silver tongued. His next lecture on April 18th in this venue brought an audience of and was on Thackeray. Odell states that this lecture "was so fitting for his own style and taste that one might have expected a crowded hall" Curtis lectured in Brooklyn during the season at the Brooklyn Institute - the title and subject of his lecture is unknown He also lectured at the Institute during the season. Gave a lecture as part of the lecture series at the Institute in Brooklyn in the season.

Curtis returned to this venue in the season. His Nov. Curtis also lectured during season. Curtis is listed as one of the few critics who "did justice to the drama" in reviewing Augustin Daly's Deborah.

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Curtis' review appears in the March 7, , issue of Harper's Weekly Odell reprints the text. Odell also reprints Curtis' review of J. Clarke's acting. Starr writes that Curtis, editor of Harper's Weekly , suggested privately during the attacks on the Tribune by the Herald "that Gay issue 'an edict that the existance of the Herald shall never be recognized in or by the Tribune in any way. There are some animals that The review of Dana's The Household Book of Poetry discusses Curtis's inclusion in the volume and cites one of his more "peculiar" contributions 2.


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Appleton noted that Curtis served as New York's delegate to the National REpublican convetion betwene the years of Winter notes that Curtis was born almost two months before the death of Byron and that he was eight when Goethe and Sir Walter Scott died. Winter mentions that Curtis's life and sensibilities have often been described by his early experiences at Brook Farm, in Roxbury, from , but Winter argues that Curtis already had the "Brook Farm ideal" in mind when he arrived there: "the ideal of a social existance regulated by absolute justice and adorned by absolute beauty. After his early experiences at Brook Farm, Curtis traveled to "the Orient," "and found inspiration and theme in subjects that were novel because their scene was both august and remote.

Curtis appears to have made an exhaustive tour of the "Orient," and Winter notes that while Curtis was an "American humorist,"he did not endeavor to be comic Winter quotes Curtis to best describe "the spirit in which he rambled": "Great persons and events that notch time in passing, do so because Nature gave them such an excessive and exaggerated impulse that wherever they touch they leave their mark; and that intense humanity secures human sympathy beyond the most beautiful balance, which, indeed, the angels love and we are beginning to appreciate" Winter applauds Curtis for his ability to incorporate and appreciate both the past and present in his work, as well as the sense of insight that comes through in Curtis's writing.

While Curtis did write some poetry, Winter claims that "to the poetic laurel he made no pretension," and cites some of Curtis's patriotic poetry "A Rhyme of Rhode Island and the Times" as an example of his verse. According to Winter, "Poetry.. Winter also cites some of Curtis's verse as part of his discussion of the "poetical feeling that existed in New England about " and the politics of the region and the time; responses to the Fugitive Slave Law, "Uncle Tom's Cabin," and other events leading to the Civil War Winter mentions that early in his writing career, Washington Irving made the following remark to Curtis: "You young fellows are not so lucky as I was, for when I began to write there were only a few of us" Winter met Curtis at Longfellow's home when Winter was a young poet.

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Longfellow also introduced the two men. Winter describes Curtis during their first meeting as "a young man, lithe, slender, faultlessly apparelled, very handsome, who rose at my approach, turning upon me a countenance that beamed with kindness, and a smile that was a welcome from the heart He had the manner of a natural artistocrat--a manner that is born, not made; a manner that is never found except in persons who are self-centered without being selfish; who are intrinsically noble, simple, and true.

Winter devotes an entire chapter to Curtis and states that "It is not because he was a friend of mine that I try to assist in commemoration of him; it is because he was a great person. Of Curtis, Winter claims, "It is the story of a man of genius whose pure life and splendid powers were devoted to the ministry of beauty and to the self- sacrificing service of mankind" Winter discusses Curtis' oratorical career, particulary during "that conflict, of Right against Wrong, [into which] Curtis threw himself, with all his soul.

Curtis' literary career began in , at the age of twenty-two Curtis "made his mark" on the growing American literary tradition with his "observations" from his "Oriental travels. Winter states that "in he had formally adopted the Platform as a vocation; and it continued to be a part of his vocation for the next twenty years.

He was everywhere popular in the lyceum, and he now brought into the more turbulent field of politics the dignity of the scholar, the refinement and grace of a gentleman, and all the varied equipments of the zealous and accomplished advocate, the caustic satirist, and the impassioned champion of the rights of man" Winter remebers first seeing Curtis speak on politics, "making an appeal for Fremont," at a convention in Fritchburg.

Curtis followed Greeley on the bill of speakers. Winter states that neither Curtis nor Greeley were "worldly-wise; neither was versed in political duplicty. Winter notes that he is specifically referring to Curtis' speaking career from " Winter notes that Curtis stopped doing regular speaking engagements in , but never completely gave up oratory According to Winter, "Oratory as it existed in America in the previous epoch has no living representative. Curtis was the last orator of the school of Everett, Sumner, and Wendell Phillips. Winter then discusses how the oratorical schools of Curtis' time no longer exist.

Curtis maintained the dignity of the old order. Some of my readers, perhaps, may remember the charm of his manner,--how subtle it was, yet seemingly how simple; how completely it convinced and satisfied; how it clarified intelligence; how it enobled feeling. One secret of it, no doubt, was its perfect sincerity.

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Noble himself, and speaking only for right, and truth, and beauty, he addressed nobility in others. That consideration would maintain the moral and the genial authority of his eloquence. In succeeding years he was frequently offered nominations and appointments by the Republican Party but refused them all, until he finally accepted the chairmanship of the commission on civil service reform offered by President Ulysses S. Grant in From then until his death he led this movement; progress in reform was mainly due to his sound judgment and forceful presentation of the evils of the political patronage system.

In he refused to support James G. Blaine as candidate for the presidency and left the Republican Party to become an independent. In he became chancellor of the University of New York. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions.

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