Roman Spring: Memoirs

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XXV
FRIENDSHIP OF HENRY ADAMS

IN the winter of 1898-1899 the Cabot Lodges came to Rome, the Senator, his wife, and their two sons -- George Cabot, the older of the two, better known to his friends as "Bay," and John Ellerton, who has since made a name for himself as a Chinese scholar and curator of museums. Bay was something of a prodigy; he had suddenly emerged from unkempt and rather uncouth boyhood into an unusually attractive and accomplished youth. With keen taste for intellectual things, he seemed to have absorbed a knowledge of them as a part of his growth; in an incredibly short time he had acquired letters and was at home in all that was best not only in English, but in French and German as well. He had read a good deal of philosophy, -- Schopenhauer, Carlyle, Nietzsche, were his favorites, as I remember, -- and under the guidance of Dr. Bigelow he had dipped into the occult psychology of Buddhism. But poetry was his chief interest and aim -- he was himself to be a poet. Browning, Swinburne, Poe, Walt Whitman, Verlaine, and Leconte de Lisle were his guiding lights; Carlyle was really his prophet, and he loved to rant and growl with him against "Gigmanity" -- all the comfortable conventional world

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • I - Roman Childhood 3
  • II - Palazzo Odescalchi 12
  • III - Villeggiatura 24
  • IV - Theatricals and Weddings 31
  • V - West Prussia in the Seventies 41
  • VI - Florence and Free Thought 56
  • VII - Enter Music 71
  • VIII - Americans in Rome 87
  • IX - The Western World 94
  • X - Californian Exile 104
  • XI - Americana 111
  • XII - Return to Italy 120
  • XIII - Sorrento 150
  • XIV - A Gay Cousin 159
  • XV - Roman Festivities 170
  • XVI - Vita Nuova on Hudson 180
  • XVII - Lodge and Roosevelt 191
  • XVIII - Washington Friends 204
  • XIX - Rome Revisited 214
  • XX - New York Society 230
  • XXI - New York's Compensations 250
  • XXII - Tuxedo Park 260
  • II - Ave Roma 270
  • XXIV - The Spanish War 284
  • XXV - Friendship of Henry Adams 291
  • XXVI - Tyrolese Summers 309
  • Index 315
  • Index 317
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