This 1905 publication is an informative biography of American philosopher and historian John Fiske. Perry, who was a contemporary of Fiske’s at Harvard, gives an insider’s view of life at the institution during the Civil War. Perry opens his narrative, “The life of a man of letters is like a voyage: that is the most successful in which the least happens.” The author asserts that the life of John Fiske has its own place within history, and is a story from which lessons can be learned.
About the Author
Thomas Sergeant Perry (1845–1928) was an American writer, scholar, and linguist. A graduate of Harvard, where he later became a member of the faculty, he was also the husband of American Impressionist painter Lilla Cabot Perry. He is best known for his writings on realism and translations of Japanese and European literature; among his works are English Literature in the 18th Century (1883), and A History of Greek Literature (1890).