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The brothers Charles Benjamin Norton, Frank Henry Norton, and Charles Eliot Norton, between 1853-1855.

Charles Eliot Norton (November 16, 1827 - October 21, 1908) was an American scholar and man of letters. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (630x761, 160 KB) This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (630x761, 160 KB) This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... November 16 is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 45 days remaining. ... 1827 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 71 days remaining. ... 1908 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... An intellectual is a person who uses his or her intellect to study, reflect, and speculate on a variety of different ideas. ...


He was born at Cambridge, Massachusetts. His father, Andrews Norton (1786-1853) was a Unitarian theologian, and Dexter professor of sacred literature at Harvard; his mother was Catherine Eliot, and Charles William Eliot, president of Harvard, was his cousin. His brothers were Gen. Charles Benjamin Norton and Frank Henry Norton. Cambridge City Hall Cambridge is a city in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts, United States. ... Historic Unitarianism believed in the oneness of God as opposed to traditional Christian belief in the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). ... Theology is reasoned discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, word or reason). It also refers to the study of other religious topics. ... Harvard University is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, and a member of the Ivy League. ... Prof. ...


Norton graduated from Harvard in 1846, and started in business with an East Indian trading firm in Boston, travelling to India in 1849. After a tour in Europe, he returned to America in 1851, and thenceforward devoted himself to literature and art. He translated Dante's Vita Nuova (1860 and 1867) and the Divina Commedia (1891-1892, 2 vols.). After work as secretary to the Loyal Publication Society during the Civil War, he edited the North American Review from 1864-1868, in association with James Russell Lowell. In 1861 he and Lowell helped Longfellow in his translation of Dante and in the starting of the informal Dante Club. In 1862 Norton married Miss Susan Sedgwick. For other instances of Boston, see Boston (disambiguation) Boston is the capital and largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. ... A satellite composite image of Europe Europe is the worlds second-smallest continent in terms of area, with an area of 10,600,000 km² (4,140,625 square miles), making it larger than Australia only. ... Dante in a fresco series of famous men by Andrea del Castagno, ca. ... ... The American Civil War (1861–1865) was fought in North America within the United States of America, between twenty-three mostly northern states of the Union and the Confederate States of America, a coalition of eleven southern states that declared their independence and claimed the right of secession from the... This article needs to be wikified. ... Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet who wrote many poems that are still famous today, including The Song of Hiawatha, Paul Reveres Ride and Evangeline. ...


In 1875 he was appointed professor of the history of art at Harvard, a chair which was created for him and which he held until retirement in 1898. The Archaeological Institute of America chose him as its first president (1879-1890). From 1856 to 1874 Norton spent much time in travel and residence on the continent of Europe and in England, and it was during this period that his friendships began with Thomas Carlyle, John Ruskin, Edward FitzGerald and Leslie Stephen, an intimacy which did much to bring American and English men of letters into close personal relation. Norton had a peculiar genius for friendship, and it is on his personal influence rather than on his literary productions that his claim to fame rests. In 1881 he inaugurated the Dante Society, whose first presidents were Longfellow, Lowell and Norton himself. From 1882 onward he confined himself to the study of Dante, his professorial duties, and the editing and publication of the literary memorials of many of his friends. 1875 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... It has been suggested that Thomas Carlysle be merged into this article or section. ... Upper: Steel-plate engraving of Ruskin as a young man, made circa 1845, scanned from print made circa 1895. ... Edward Marlborough FitzGerald (March 31, 1809–June 14, 1883) was an English writer, best known as the poet of the English translation of Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám. ... Sir Leslie Stephen (November 28, 1832 – February 22, 1904) was an English author and critic, the father of two famous daughters, Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. ... 1881 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...


In 1883 came the Letters of Carlyle and Emerson; in 1886, 1887 and 1888, Carlyle's Letters and Reminiscences; in 1894, the Orations and Addresses of George William Curtis and the Letters of Lowell. Norton was also made Ruskin's literary executor, and he wrote various introductions for the American "Brantwood" edition of Ruskin's works. His other publications include Notes of Travel and Study in Italy (1859), and an Historical Study of Church-building in the Middle Ages: Venice, Siena, Florence (1880). He organized exhibitions of the drawings of Turner (1874) and of Ruskin (1879), for which he compiled the catalogues. He died at "Shady-hill," the house where he had been born. He bequeathed the more valuable portion of his library to Harvard. He had the degrees of Litt.D. (Cambridge) and D.C.L. (Oxford), as well as the L.H.D. of Columbia and the LL.D. of Harvard and of Yale. 1883 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... George William Curtis (February 24, 1824 - August 31, 1892) was an American writer and public speaker. ... A literary executor is a person with decision-making power in respect of the literary estate of an author who has died. ... J. M. W. Turner, English landscape painter The fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, painted 1839. ...


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Charles Eliot (November 1, 1859 – March 25, 1897) was a leading American landscape architect, whose career was cut short by untimely death at age 38 from spinal meningitis.
Eliot was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts where his father Charles William Eliot was president of Harvard University, and in 1901, after his son's death, author of a biography of his son's life.
After Eliot's death, the two surving Olmsted step-sons reconstituted their partnership as the Olmsted Brothers, which continued for another 50 years as one of the most famous landscape design firms in the United States, and went on to design thousands of parks, gardens, and landscapes in the 20th century.
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