This 1886 collection of public addresses by Lowell features nine speeches, including “Democracy,” a lecture given at Lowell’s assumption of the Presidency of the Birmingham and Midland Institute; “Books and Libraries,” given at the opening of the Free Public Library in Chelsea, Massachusetts; “Coleridge;” “Wordsworth;” and “Don Quixote;” among others. According to a contemporary review in the Nation, “in this volume there is the authentic impress of the classical spirit—age seasons every page, and yet every page is young.”
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About the Author
James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) was an American poet, critic, and diplomat. A strong opponent of slavery, he wrote steadfastly in support of Lincoln and the Union cause in the pages of the North American Review, which he co-edited with Charles Eliot Norton. Later in life, he served as American ambassador to Spain and then England.