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Literary Hearthstones of Dixie   By: (1848-1931)

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[Illustration: THE HOME OF AUGUSTA EVANS WILSON, ASHLAND PLACE Now owned by Mrs. George Fearn, Jr.]

LITERARY HEARTHSTONES OF DIXIE

By

LA SALLE CORBELL PICKETT

AUTHOR OF "PICKETT AND HIS MEN," "JINNY," ETC.

With Portraits and Illustrations

PHILADELPHIA & LONDON

J.B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY

1912

COPYRIGHT, 1911, BY J.B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY COPYRIGHT, 1912, BY J.B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER, 1912

PRINTED BY J.B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY AT THE WASHINGTON SQUARE PRESS PHILADELPHIA, U.S.A.

Transcriber's Note:

There is an inconsistency in the fifth paragraph of the Forword where the author refers to Dr. Bagley's "The Old Fashioned Gentleman," and the reference to Dr. Bagby's "The Old Virginia Gentleman" in the chapter "Bacon and Greens".

FOREWORD.

The fires still glow upon the hearthstones to which our southern writers in the olden days gave us friendly welcome. They are as bright to day as when, "four feet on the fender," we talked with some gifted friend whose pen, dipped in the heart's blood of life, gave word to thoughts which had flamed within us and sought vainly to escape the walls of our being that they might go out to the world and fulfil their mission. They who built the shrines before which we offer our devotion have passed from the world of men, but the fires they kindled yet burn with fadeless light.

To us who have dwelt in the same environment and found beauty in the same scenes that inspired them to eloquent expression of the thoughts, the loves, the hopes, and the aspirations which were our own as well as theirs, these writers of our South are living still and will live through the long procession of the years. In the garden of our lives they planted the flowers of poesy, of fable, and of romance. With the changes of the years those flowers may have passed into the realm of the old fashioned, like the blossoms in Grandmother's garden, but are there any sweeter or more royally blooming than these?

The lustre of our gifted ones is not dimmed by the passage of time, but in the rush of new books upon the world the readers of to day lose sight of the volumes which wove threads of gold into the joys and sorrows of the generation now travelling the downward slope of life. Their starry radiance is sometimes lost to view in the electric flash of the present day. If these pages can in any slight way aid in keeping their memory bright they will have reached their highest aim.

The poets of Dixie in war days tended the flames that glowed upon the altar of patriotism. Their lives were given to their country as truly as if their blood had crimsoned the sod of hard fought fields. They gave of their best to our cause. Their bugle notes echo through the years, and the mournful tones of the dirges they sang over the grave of our dreams yet thrill our hearts. Before our eyes "The Conquered Banner" sorrowfully droops on its staff and "The Sword of Lee" flashes in the lines of our Poet Priest.

For the quotations with which are illustrated the varying phases of his poetic thought I am indebted to the kindness of the publishers of Father Ryan's poems, Messrs. P.J. Kenedy & Sons. For certain selections from the poems of Hayne I am indebted to the Lothrop, Lee & Shephard Company, and for selections from Dr. Bagley's "The Old Fashioned Gentleman," Messrs. Charles Schribner's Sons.

My thanks are due the Houghton, Mifflin Company for permission to include in my paper on Margaret Junkin Preston two poems and other quotations from the "Life and Letters of Margaret J. Preston," by Mrs. Allan, the step daughter of Mrs. Preston.

The selections in the article on Georgia's doubly gifted son, Sidney Lanier, poet and musician, are given through the kind permission of Professor Edwin Mims and of Doubleday, Page & Company, publishers of Mrs. Clay's "A Belle of the Fifties."

CONTENTS

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"THE POET OF THE NIGHT" 11 Edgar Allan Poe

"THE SUNRISE POET" 41 Sidney Lanier

"THE POET OF THE PINES" 69 Paul Hamilton Hayne

"THE FLAME BORN POET" 99 Henry Timrod

"FATHER ABBOT" 125 William Gilmore Simms

"UNCLE REMUS" 151 Joel Chandler Harris

"THE POET OF THE FLAG" 175 Francis Scott Key

"THE POET PRIEST" 201 Father Ryan

"BACON AND GREENS" 225 Dr... Continue reading book >>




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