Originally released as a series of essays in the Atlantic Monthly, Over the Teacups, like Holmes' Autocrat of the Breakfast Table is a table talk book that discusses age and how to live a long life; how to be a great conversationalist; the art of reading. -- vendor's description.
Writer and Harvard Medical School professor Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. first emerged into the American literary limelight on this strength of his medical essays, which couched cutting-edge scientific information in informal, engaging prose. When he began writing long-form fiction, he continued this practice, creating a series of works he referred to as "medicated novels." In The Guardian Angel, a troubled young woman named Myrtle Hazard is driven to the depths of profound mental illness.
The first of Oliver Wendell Holmes’ famous “medicated novels,” those works written based on ideas from his subconscious, Elsie Venner: A Romance of Destiny is a story as original as it is disturbingly horrifying. The novel tells the tale of Elsie Venner, a young woman whose mother was bitten by a rattlesnake while pregnant. Bernard Landgon, a high school teacher, takes special interest in one of his students, Elsie, who does not interact with other teenagers. After following Elsie to her “secret place” where she seems to be able to charm rattlesnakes, Langdon comes to the conclusion that she is half-woman and half-snake. After researching snake poisons and charms, Langdon is determined to help Elsie break free of her curse. As Langdon is faced with the dangers of killing part of the girl in the process, the book takes a turn when Elsie’s father intervenes, Langdon discovers Elsie’s love for him and someone suddenly dies.
Best known for his essays and poetry, physician and Harvard professor Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. delved into the domain of biography with his 1876 John Lothrop Motley: A Memoir. This work presents readers with an encyclopedic account of the life and accomplishments of the renowned American historian, novelist and diplomat.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. was born on August 29th 1809. Among his many talents were those of physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author. Here we concentrate on his writing. He was regarded by many of his peers – including such luminaries as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and James Russell Lowell – as one of the finest writers of their times. A great compliment indeed. As a poet he is considered to be one of the Fireside Poets and indeed his poems are works of real talent and quality. As a writer he is perhaps best known for his 'Breakfast Table' series. In this collection we publish his medical essays and show just why he was seen as an important reformer in that field. Holmes retired from Harvard in 1882 but continued to write poetry, novels and essays until his death on October 7th 1894.
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