This book is mostly auto biographical, and as such a good look at Logan s experiences and travels, and for those who wish to better know Logan, good, if at times slow, read. There S A Logan Smith Cult And This Is Tops One Can Forgive Him His Little Snobberies, For He Is The Last Perfectionist Reminiscences Aboard Edith Wharton S Yacht, Boyhood In Philadelphia, A First Trip Abroad, Haverford College, Harvard, Youthful Associates, A Year In Germany, A Few Months At Home In The Family Business, Then The Determination To Live Abroad And Write Manuscript Hunting, Oxford, The Paris Of Whistler, Bridges, Henry James, Ten Years In Sussex Sage And Entertaining Literary Chit Chat, Delightfully Done Kirkus Reviews A beautiful recollect I particularly loved the little reminiscences of Walt Whitman and Edith Wharton Every chapter was like a privileged window into the past through Europe and America in the late 1800 s. A complete and delightful surprise So quirky, so anecdotal, yet so prescient. I really like Logan Pearsal Smith I liked Walt Whitman I liked LPS s mom All the rest are probably better off dead A bunch of rich juveniles and aristocrats Good riddance But I thoroughly enjoyed these memoirs If you ever find this book in a library give it a read. Logan Pearsall Smith was the sort of American that Henry James liked to write about He was the scion of a colonial era Quaker family and heir to a prosperous glass bottle factory who left it all behind for the life of the mind in Europe But we learn some other fascinating details in this easygoing autobiography, which was written for the most part aboard a yacht on which he was touring the Mediterranean in company with Edith Wharton In addition to the glass bottle factory, LPS was heir presumptive to a sort of hereditary librarianship in Philadelphia Both his mother and father became, for a while, well known revivalist preachers, touring the U.S and England in the cause of Evangelicalism As an adolescent and young man he was personally acquainted with Walt Whitman, who became a regular visitor for months at a time at the Smith family home LPS seems to have known everyone who was anyone from 1880 1910, which is the primary period of interest here In fact, there s a rather embarrassing amount of name dropping in this book It s not a bad read, but not a great one Unless your goal is to research the social circles of American ex patriot aesthetes in Europe prior to WWI, the best parts of this little memoir are the chapters on his Quaker background, on Whitman, and on his manuscript hunting adventures in dilapidated English country houses.
Logan Pearsall Smith was an American born essayist and critic, and a notable writer on historical semantics.
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- Unforgotten Years
- Logan Pearsall Smith
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