By M. Rennella
This publication strains the development of cosmopolitanism from the personal adventure of a bunch of artists and intellectuals who lived and labored in Boston among 1865 and 1915 to accomplished works of huge paintings that formed public area.
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22 T H E B O S T O N C O S M O P O L I TA N S In “The Philosophy of Travel,” written around 1912 and posthumously published,30 Santayana begins with an understated rhetorical question: “Has anybody considered the philosophy of travel? ” Like many of his Cosmopolitan acquaintances, Santayana grew up in a world shaped by travel on a grand scale. During his childhood, his parents traveled frequently. ” Santayana’s childhood expectations concerning travel seem to have been more than satisfied by the voyages he took as an adult.
41 In 26 T H E B O S T O N C O S M O P O L I TA N S this scene, Saint Gaudens references to the smell of spices underscore the sculptor’s enjoyment of the unique and uncanny atmosphere that often greets travelers during long journeys on trains and steamships. As Thomas Wolfe strongly suggested in Of Time and The River, the ships traveling across the Atlantic in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries also became an important site of the imagination—a place that allowed people to think and act in ways that they might not allow themselves to do otherwise.
31 In short, Norton’s meeting with Emerson moved him to protest what he saw as the unwillingness of Americans to take responsibility for their actions, as well as their inability to see and respond to difficult moral situations presented to them in the post–Civil War world. Although Emerson would have not admitted a connection between his philosophy and any world in trouble or in decline, Norton was convinced that the two were closely linked. The most worrying aspect of Emerson’s Transcendentalism in the 1870s was that it could do nothing to change the tradition of American materialism, especially in its development and acceleration in the very new economic conditions of what would be known as the Gilded Age.
The Boston Cosmopolitans: International Travel and American Arts and Letters, 1865–1915 by M. Rennella