|CHAPTER II. YALE AND EUROPE -- 1850-1857|
My coup dapos;état. Removal to Yale. New energy in study and reading. Influence of Emerson, Carlyle, and Ruskin. Yale in 1850. My disappointment
at the instruction; character of president and professors; perfunctory
methods in lower-class rooms; "gerund-grinding" vs. literature; James
Hadley -- his abilities and influence; other professors; influence of President Woolsey, Professors Porter, Silliman, and Dana; absence of literary
instruction; character of that period from a literary point of view; influences from fellow-students. Importance of political questions at that time.
Sundry successes in essay writing. Physical education at Yale; boating.
Life abroad after graduation; visit to Oxford; studies at the Sorbonne and
Collége de France; afternoons at the Invalides; tramps through western
and central France. Studies at St. Petersburg. Studies at Berlin. Journey in Italy; meeting with James Russell Lowell at Venice. Frieze, Fishburne, and studies in Rome. Excursions through the south of France.
Return to America. Influence of Buckle, Lecky, and Draper. The atmosphere of Darwin and Spencer. Educational environment at the University
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