The letters of Charles Eliot Norton '46 are published today by Houghton, Mifflin Company in two volumes. The price of the work is $5 and it may be procured at the Co-operative.
Charles Eliot Norton became a teacher at Harvard in 1874, and it is with this work that his name is most closely associated, and in which, his influence was most strongly felt.
In the first volume are collected his own feelings and impressions concerning men and affairs during his years of travel and growing influence. During most of this time, Norton was abroad and his epistles give unusually close glimpses of Dickens and Carlyle and the Brownings.
The second volume takes up his letters at the beginning of his career as a teacher, and carries them through the chapters of "The Field of Influence," "Friends and Country," "Activities of Retirement," "Unto the Last." New affections and interests spring up to take the places of the old, and we have his enlightening correspondence with Thomas Carlyle, Samuel Gray Ward, Dr. Horace H. Furness, W. D. Howells, S. Weir Mitchell, and many others. His last letter, to Mr. C. F. Adams, was written on October 14, 1908, and he died just a week later.
Much credit is due the editors, Sara Norton, his daughter, and Mark Antony De Wolfe Howe '87 for their wisdom of selection and grouping of the letters.