Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894) was an American physician and author whose essays were published regularly in The Atlantic Monthly—a magazine he named, and which still thrives today. As a doctor, Holmes was an influential early proponent of the germ disease of contagion, and pressed for the training of women and African American physicians.
The Professor at the Breakfast-Table (Barnes & Noble Digital Library): With the Story of Irisby Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
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This 1860 sequel to the author's popular 1858 collection of essays, The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table, continues the genial, conversational quality of its predecessor. In order to continue interest in a second volume, this book is much more aggressive in tone and thought. It questions aspects of religion, for which an apologia appears in the preface. The essays demonstrate Yankee Ingenuity – or, the self reliance displayed by early colonial settlers. It also contains the story of young girl named Iris, which the London Times praised for its "beauty of form and dramatic interest."
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