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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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"To have the sense of creative activity is the greatest happiness and the greatest proof of being alive."
—Matthew Arnold
T HERE was more than rosy retrospect in the later saying of Stephen that his Cincinnati years were the happiest of his life. He then had the joy of stimulation, of creative work, of recognition. The measure of each our narrative will disclose. As a prelimi­nary we may say that here was an environ­ment having flavor and charm which spurred on this young man who wanted to be both
E oet and musician; here he was able, in after-ours leisure, to produce verse and music notable for quality and quantity; here he re­ceived generous public notice—his name ap­pearing, for example, in the local newspaper advertisements of his publishers about one hundred and twenty-five times in three years.
His family had sent Stephen away so that he would attend to business and forget music. He did attend to business but, from the sing­ing of stevedores at the wharf to gala concerts up town, he constantly heard music in the air of Cincinnati.

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