Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. was an American physician, poet, and polymath based in Boston. He was a member of the Fireside Poets and is recognized for his contributions to literature and medicine. Holmes was also a professor at Harvard Medical School and a prominent public speaker.


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  1. 1. Elsie Venner

    The novel follows the life of a young woman who, due to a prenatal snakebite, exhibits serpent-like characteristics that influence her behavior and relationships. Set in a small New England town, the story explores themes of sin, guilt, and redemption as the protagonist struggles with her dual nature and the townspeople react to her with a mix of fear, fascination, and sympathy. Through a blend of romance, tragedy, and philosophical musings, the narrative delves into the complexities of human nature and the influence of heredity and environment on one's character.

    The 6327th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Autocrat Of The Breakfast Table

    "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table" is a collection of essays presented as a series of table talks among the residents of a New England boarding house. Through the voice of the charming and insightful Autocrat, the author explores a wide range of topics, from love and philosophy to society and human nature. The essays are interspersed with poems and witty observations, providing a rich tapestry of thought and language. The work, characterized by its conversational style and intellectual depth, captures the essence of American life and thought in the mid-19th century.

    The 6767th Greatest Book of All Time