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1. Oliver Wendell Holmes: the autocrat
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2. Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894;
3. Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell
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4. The autocrat of the breakfast-table;
 
5. The COMPLETE POETICAL WORKS Of
 
6. The complete poetical works of
 
7. The poetical works of Oliver Wendell
 
8. The poetical works of Oliver Wendell
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9. Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894;
 
10. A mortal antipathy first opening
 
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11. Our Hundred Days In Europe
 
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12. The Autocrat Of The Breakfast-table;
 
13. Grandmothers story of Bunker Hill
 
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14. The Professor At The Break-fast
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15. An address by Rev. Henry Neill
 
16. Oration delivered before the city
 
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17. John Lothrop Motley, A Memoir
 
18. The AUTOCRAT Of The BREAKFAST-TABLE.
19. The Autocrat of the Breakfast
 
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20. Over the teacups.

1. Oliver Wendell Holmes: the autocrat and his fellow-boarders
by Samuel McChord Crothers
Paperback: 90 Pages (2010-06-24)
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


2. Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894; a list of books with references to periodicals in the Brooklyn public library
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


3. Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, theVolume 01: Earlier Poems (1830-1836)
by Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894 Holmes
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4. The autocrat of the breakfast-table; every man his own Boswell
by Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809-1894
Paperback: 356 Pages (1895-12-31)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This reproduction was printed from a digital file created at the Library of Congress as part of an extensive scanning effort started with a generous donation from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.The Library is pleased to offer much of its public domain holdings free of charge online and at a modest price in this printed format.Seeing these older volumes from our collections rediscovered by new generations of readers renews our own passion for books and scholarship. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Musings of a Varied and Sundry Nature
This is a delightful little work.Comprising a series of articles published in the Atlantic Monthly in the 1850s, The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table is a rambling but never disjointed first-person narrative of "conversations" between the narrator (the "Autocrat" from the title) and his fellow boarders in a Boston boarding house.I use the term "conversations" because the work is primarily monological, with the other boarders chiming in only infrequently to interrupt the Autocrat's musings and observations.

The Autocrat is learned and urbane.He speaks intelligently on a diverse array of topics, including the rules governing the art of conversation (including the "pun-question", which he dismisses as "verbicide"), horse racing, writing, deja vu, the superior ability of the olfactory sense in recalling old memories, old age or "senectitude", laughter, poetry, knowledge, the benefits of rowing, boxing, hats, trees and other topics.Interspersed throughout the work are collections of verse as well.

While not a page-turner, I found myself reasonably engaged throughout the work with two exceptions: (1) there are a couple of passages in French (I have no French), one of which is fairly long and (2) the budding and finally flowering romance at the end of the work I found to be rather dull reading and somewhat superfluous, given the nature of the work.

While reading this book I felt as though I had escaped from my overly-structured, hectic existence - and the collection of (often vulgar) characters that pass uninvited across the stage of my life - to become a part of the much simpler yet richer world of the Autocrat.Time slowed down.Reflection and conversation were the order of the day.I realized with regret that the deliberate reflection that nourishes a flow of ideas, and from which yet new ideas oft emerge, had at some point been demoted in my own life to the status of a luxury.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Rare Treat.
"The Autocrat" is convoluted but remarkable nevertheless. First published in 1858, it is still refreshing. Don't wince at the potential for the rigid corset-style of Victorianism.Holmes casts it aside and even surprises you with the typeface in one instance. His language is often refreshing and is usually easy to read. Whether or not it is original or not I cannot say, but I recognize some of Holmes's words as influencing later writers, like Irvin Cobb and H.L. Mencken, and I imagine he influenced many more.

Holmes writes charmingly. He is funny and philosophical. He also manages to transport the reader to an earlier Boston and New England. The only thing lacking is a plot.

Holmes was an alumnus of Philips Academy in Andover, MA, and the library there is named after him. I'm going out on a limb here, but I think it was his genius and not his munificence that was being commemorated.

PS: Do not confuse him with his son, Junior -- the famous justice of the Supreme Court.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful in some ways, but . . .
Delightful, because his ideas are so modern and so all-encompassing-the man thought about everything!-and yet expressed in a form genial and classical, and as non-dogmatic as you can get.His tongue-in-cheek style is a charming context for such far-ranging thinking.A grand insight into into the mind of a real American ante-bellum intellectual.

But it is so endlessly rambling that I kept getting confused.Why divide it into 12 sections, when each section is indistinguishable from the others?If there is any theme or system to the material, I lost it in the intellectual underbrush.Also his style is rather turgid, even for the 1850s; I find it easy to read his contemporaries Dickens and Carroll, but I found myself having to go back from time to time to sort out Holmes' grammar.

If you feel at home in unstructured literature, you will find much to love in the Autocrat.If not, maybe not.

4-0 out of 5 stars Thoughts and the Times From 1850
An interesting range of thoughtful opinions, imbedded in a look at American life in the 1850s, by the father of a future Supreme Court Associate Justice.Part of the charm of this book is in the fact that at that time horses had been the only means of human-assisted transportation for the last few thousand years (with the exception of the new-fangled railroad which was changing the world).Electronics were not even imagined.Automobiles were 50 years into the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Delightful
Two oral practices flourished in antebellum America: the lecture (or sermon) and the conversation. Lectures, such as Emerson's "The American Scholar" and sermons, such as the abolitionist sermons of Henry Ward Beecher, are well-known examples of this era.But it was also known as the Golden Age of Conversation, and its greatest practitioner was generally agreed to be Oliver Wendell Holmes, Senior.

Holmes was considered an important American writer until the 1920s when he was excised from the American canon by the modernists. They depicted him as willfully provincial, and elitist.What those critics failed to understand was that the Autocrat is also a comic pose, and that Holmes is making sport of everyone, including elitists. Holmes'democratic view of conversation as an open, free-wheeling discourse where anyone could join the Autocrat at his table, as long as they enlivened the conversation, ran counter to the views ofhis more elitist friends in Boston'sSaturday Club in Boston.Holmes loved to talk, and his love for talk made him a democrat, or perhaps a true republican.

His Autocrat is a many sided character: stern and foolish, admonitory and celebratory, a polymorph who will don any temporaty mask necessary to keep the conversation alive. Holmes'playful metaphorical imagination is also a revelation. His gift for translating complex ideas into homey metaphors, aphorisms, and similes is nothing short of miraculous.In the words of another seriously comic American whom I'm sure Holmes would have delighted in, the Autocrat "floats like a butterfly, stings like a bee."

The Autocrat of the Breakfast table begins "in media res," in the middle of a conversation, with the Autocrat attempting to set the rules for conversation at his table.They are generous rules, but even they are open to sabotage by his tablemates at the boarding house. He begins by banning "facts" from his table as impediments to conversation, (a condition that should prevail on today's too numerous current event talking head shows. But I, like the Autocrat, digress).

Here's how the Autocrat starts:"I was just going to say, when I was interrupted, that one of the many ways of classifying minds is under the head of arithmetical and algebraical intellects.All economical and practical wisdom is an extension of the following arithmetical formula: 2 + 2 = 4.Every philosophical proposition has the more general character of the expressiona + b = c.We are mere operatives, empirics, and egoists, until we learn to think in letters instead of figures." "They all stared.There is a divinity student lately come among us to whom I commonly address remarks like this. "

In other words, as Gibian says in his marvelous OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES AND THE CULTURE OF CONVERSATION:[The Autocrat] only asks us to study his beliefs the way a pragmatist would study the doctrines of any religion: "I don't want you to believe anything I say; I only want you to to try to see what makes me believe it." How refreshing in this age of factoids and statisticoids recited with rancor and ideological certitude, to hear the Autocrat and his tablemates at the boarding house attempting to fashion a democracy through and by their conversation.Nowadays all we have are the unironic Autocrats, control freaks like John McLaughlin, Ted Koppel, Rush Limbaugh, and that guy on FOX whose name I have, pleasantly, forgotten.

Listening to the Autocrat you can almost hear American singing.It's not exactly Walt Whitman's America,but it's still America in the hopeful, experimental antebellum era, and thus a good antidote to the cold technocratic chatter and lukewarm public relations cant we are showered with in this hypermediated century. ... Read more


5. The COMPLETE POETICAL WORKS Of OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES.
by Oliver Wendell [1809 - 1894]. Scudder, Horace E. - Editor. Holmes
 Hardcover: Pages (1895)

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6. The complete poetical works of Oliver Wendell Holmes ; edited by Horace E. Scudder
by Oliver Wendell (1809-1894) Holmes
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7. The poetical works of Oliver Wendell Holmes
by Oliver Wendell (1809-1894) Holmes
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8. The poetical works of Oliver Wendell Holmes. Vols. I. to IV.
by Oliver Wendell (1809-1894) Holmes
 Hardcover: Pages (1892-01-01)

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9. Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1809-1894; a list of books with references to periodicals in the Brooklyn pub
by Brooklyn Public Library
Paperback: 20 Pages (2009-07-17)
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10. A mortal antipathy first opening of the new portfolio by Oliver
by Holmes. Oliver Wendell. 1809-1894.
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11. Our Hundred Days In Europe
 Paperback: 362 Pages (2010-09-29)
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12. The Autocrat Of The Breakfast-table; Every Man His Own Boswell
 Paperback: 282 Pages (2010-09-27)
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13. Grandmothers story of Bunker Hill battle
by Oliver Wendell (1809-1894) Holmes
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14. The Professor At The Break-fast Table. What He Said, What He Heard, And What He Saw
 Paperback: 328 Pages (2010-10-15)
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15. An address by Rev. Henry Neill
by Mass. Rural cemetery. Pittsfield Holmes Oliver Wendell 1809-1894 [from old catalog]
Paperback: 80 Pages (1850-12-31)
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This reproduction was printed from a digital file created at the Library of Congress as part of an extensive scanning effort started with a generous donation from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.The Library is pleased to offer much of its public domain holdings free of charge online and at a modest price in this printed format.Seeing these older volumes from our collections rediscovered by new generations of readers renews our own passion for books and scholarship. ... Read more


16. Oration delivered before the city authorities of Boston, on the Fourth of July, 1863
by Oliver Wendell (1809-1894) Holmes
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17. John Lothrop Motley, A Memoir
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18. The AUTOCRAT Of The BREAKFAST-TABLE.
by Oliver Wendell [1809 - 1894].Pyle, Howard [1853 - 1911].[Whitman, Sarah Wyman1842 - 1904]. Holmes
 Hardcover: Pages (1895)

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19. The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table. Complete in 2 Volumes
by Oliver Wendell (1809-1894) Holmes
Hardcover: Pages (1893-01-01)

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20. Over the teacups.
by Holmes. Oliver Wendell. 1809-1894.
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