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Whitman worshipped the Sage of Concord—I was simmering, simmering, simmering.
Whitman, a more positive Emersonian, affirms what the Sage of Concord called self-reliance, the authentic American religion rather than its Bushian parodies.
Mark your calendars: the Sage of Concord would turn 200 on May 25 if he were cryogenically preserved like Ted Williams!
Howells was intending to consecrate all time and eternity to it, and here is the Sage of Concord coolly speaking of poetry as though it were some trifling diversion, like billiards or whist.
There was always in his eyes (and in this as in other points he resembled Emerson) a strange indefinable suspicion of a smile, though he, like the Sage of Concord, rarely laughed.
William Major and Bryan Sinche are weary of the cult of the Sage of Concord.
The Sage of Concord by Harold Bloom Guardian 5.24.03.
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