Gayangos and the Boston Brahmins

Thomas F. Glick

in Pascual de Gayangos

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780748635474
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653140 | DOI:
Gayangos and the Boston Brahmins

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From the American perspective the ‘Gayangos phenomenon’ was the result of the intersection of four historical processes. The first was the arrival of Romantic historians whose goal was to adumbrate the roots of American history. The second was the need to have adequate libraries in order to write serious history. Extensive libraries were absent in the new republic. The third phenomenon was the emergence of the Bostonian version of the ‘Grand Tour’. The Boston participants who constituted the core of George Ticknor's circle, all travelled to Europe for social and educational reasons as well as to accumulate and purchase books following the disentailment of 1835, which marks the fourth phenomenon. This chapter discusses the intellectual networks forged by the surge of books and book dealers following the disentailment. It focuses on the Brahmin intellectuals of Boston and their relationship with Pascual de Gayangos. Of crucial interest is the scholarly interaction and intellectual outlook of the members of Ticknor's circle. Among the members of Ticknor's circle discussed in this chapter are: Jared Sparks, George Bancroft, Charles Sumner, Edward Everett, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and James Russell Lowell.

Keywords: Gayangos phenomenon; Romantic historians; Boston; George Ticknor; disentailment; Brahmin intellectuals; Jared Sparks; George Bancroft; James Russell Lowell

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Subjects: Society and Culture

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