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The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table - cover

The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Publisher: Open Road Media

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Summary

Essays inspired by the renowned nineteenth-century writer’s time at a Boston boardinghouse.   These philosophical essays, enlivened by a number of poems, draw upon Oliver Wendell Holmes’s time spent as a young man at the table with his fellow boarders—the professor, the divinity student, and the schoolmistress, as well as the landlady—in the thriving cultural hub of Boston. First published in the Atlantic Monthly in the 1850s, they reflect on topics ranging from the nature of conversation to the surprising benefits of old age—filled with the flavor of historical New England, and often sharpened with wonderful comic flair.   Featured poems include “The Deacon’s Masterpiece,” “The Chambered Nautilus,” “Contentment,” and “The Living Temple.”
Available since: 07/28/2020.
Print length: 198 pages.

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