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.
After Emerson’s death in 1882, his friends, family and contemporaries published several remembrances and biographies of his life. Notable among them is Oliver Wendell Holmes’ “Ralph Waldo Emerson” published in 1885. Holmes, the father of the influential Supreme Court Justice of the same name, was a prominent and respected writer in New England in the late 19th century. While many of Emerson’s biographies were written by his students and have a common tone of adoration, Holmes depicts Emerson’s life and philosophy with credible and unbiased analysis. He describes Emerson as a New England academic and a sort of prophet of intellect rather than a religious mystic. He does, however, provide commentary on Emerson’s teachings as a mystic even if he disagrees with some of the concepts. Holmes, who was an acquaintance of Emerson, is able to describe the personality, charm and demeanor of the great teacher.
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