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ATHENÆUM, 1879—1882. 505 Surrounded by attached friends, universally respected for his upright and prepossessing character, cherished by those who approached him nearest, and the object of popular admiration all over the world, Longfellow lived one of the most prosperous, and it may be supposed one of the happiest, lives recorded in poetic annals. Fame sought him early, clung to him tenaciously, and never abandoned him; and Fortune allied herself to Fame.”
In the same number are two poems "In Memoriam ”-one by Mr. Austin Dobson, and the other by Mr. T. Hall Caine.
A proposal made by Dr. W. C. Bennett, the well-known author of 'Songs for Sailors,' to place by public subscription a bust of Longfellow in Poets' Corner, in Westminster Abbey, was received with universal approbation. The committee formed by Dr. Bennett numbered above five hundred. The Prince of Wales accepted the office of chairman, and Mr. Francis Bennoch was the honorary treasurer. The marble bust, by Mr. Thomas Brock, A.R.A., was admitted to its present place in the Abbey His bust by Dean Bradley, this being the first monument w of an American author placed there. The five Abbey. hundred autograph adhesions to the committee were presented by the honorary secretary, Dr. Bennett, to the American Longfellow Memorial
Committee, to be placed in such public institution as should best enable them to be inspected by the public of the United States. *
On the 1st of April also particulars are given of
the sale at Messrs. Sotheby's of some valuable Mr. Beresford books and manuscripts from the library of Mr. llope's books and MSS. Beresford Hope. The entire sale, comprising
466 lots, produced 2,3101., and included the First Folio Shakspeare, which fetched 2381.; the Second, 351. 10s.; the Third, 721. 10s. ; and the Fourth, 241. ; the first edition of Homer in Greek, 711. ; ‘Bedæ Exposicio Lucæ et Actuum Apostolorum,' MS. on vellum, written for Ferdinand of Castile, 551. ; and Biblia Polyglotta, printed at the expense of Cardinal Ximenez, 1661.
An obituary notice of Mr. Beresford Hope, Saturday founder of the Saturday Review, appeared in Review,
the Athenæum of the 29th of October, 1887. The first number of the Saturday Review was published on the 3rd of November, 1855, with Mr. John Douglas Cook as editor. He was succeeded by Mr. Philip Harwood, who died in December, 1887.
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* 'The Share of America in Westminster Abbey' is the subject of an article by Archdeacon Farrar in Harper's Magazine for January, 1888, in which an illustration of the Longfellow bust is given.
ATHENÆUM, 1879—1882. 507 of April, 1882, at Blackrock, near Dublin. He Denis
Florence was born at Dublin about the year 1817, and first MacCarthy. became known as a writer through his poetical contributions to the Nation. The Athenæum of the 15th of April states that “Mr. MacCarthy's poems, notably the ‘Bell-Founder,' the 'Voyage of St. Brendan,' the 'Foray of Con O'Donell, and the Pillar Towers of Ireland,' acquired and still retain wide popularity among the Irish people. One of the most generally admired of his lyrics was that entitled 'Summer Longings,' Summer
Longings.' commencing :
Ah ! my heart is weary waiting,
Waiting for the May-
Scent the dewy way.
On April 15th, 1882, also appears an affectionate Dante tribute to Dante Gabriel Rossetti, from his friend Gabriel Rossetti. Mr. Theodore Watts: “A life more devoted
to literature and art than his it is impossible to imagine. Gabriel Charles Dante Rossetti was born at 38, Charlotte Street, Portland Place,
London, on the 12th of May, 1828. He was His father. the first son and second child of Gabriele Ros
setti, the patriotic poet, who, born at Vasto in the Abruzzi, settled in Naples, and took an active part in extorting from the Neapolitan king Ferdinand I. the constitution granted in 1820, which constitution being traitorously cancelled by the king in 1821, Rossetti had to escape for his life to Malta with various other persecuted constitutionalists. From Malta Gabriele Rossetti went to England about 1823, where he married in 1826 Frances Polidori, daughter of Alfieri's secretary and sister of Byron's Dr. Polidori. He became Professor of Italian in King's College, London, became also prominent as a commentator on Dante, and died in April, 1854. His children, four in number—Maria Francesca, Dante Gabriel, William Michael, and Christina Georgina -- all turned to literature or to art, or to both, and all became famous. There can, indeed, be no doubt that the Rossetti family will hold a position quite unique in the literary and artistic
annals of our time...... In the spring of 1860 he His marriage. married Elizabeth Eleanor Siddall, who being very beautiful was constantly painted and drawn by him. She had one still-born child in 1861, and died in February, 1862.” Rossetti died on Easter day, 1882; at Birchington-on-Sea, supported on one side by his closest friend, Mr. Theodore Watts, on the other by Mr. T. Hall Caine.
In addition to Mr. Watts's memoir, an account of Rossetti's career as a painter is given. On the 29th of April Miss Christina G. Rossetti contributes a poem, ‘ Birchington Churchyard'; and on the 4th of November • Recollections of Dante Hall Caine's
'RecolGabriel Rossetti,' by T. Hall Caine, is noticed. lections:
On the 12th of March, 1887, a review appears of “The Collected Works of Dante Gabriel His collected Rossetti, edited, with preface and notes, by edi William M. Rossetti. “Not the least inter- William M.
Rossetti. esting portion of these volumes is the preface, in which the outline of the poet's life is sketched by his brother......To tell biographers to take it as a model would be idle, for the quality in question, being the natural and inevitable outcome of individual character, can no more be acquired than the ‘marsh mallow can steal the breath of the violet.' To appreciate it fully one must contrast it with Forster's writings upon Dickens and Landor.”