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Edwin Percy Whipple - On education



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Edwin Percy Whipple (March 8, 1819 - June 16, 1886)[1] was an American essayist and critic.  He was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1819. For a time, he was the main literary critic for Philadelphia-based Graham's Magazine. Later, in 1848, he became the Boston correspondent to The Literary World under Evert Augustus Duyckinck and George Long Duyckinck.  Whipple was also a public lecturer.

Whipple was a close friend of Nathaniel Hawthorne. After Hawthorne's death in 1864, Whipple served as a pallbearer for his funeral alongside Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Thomas Fields, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  All are on the site. Whipple died in 1886 and was interred at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Edwin Percy Whipple (1819–1886), American essayist and critic

No education deserves the name unless it develops thought, unless it pierces down to the mysterious spiritual principle of mind, and starts that into activity and growth.

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