Norton, Charles Eliot (1827-1908)


Norton, Charles Eliot (1827-1908)


Charles Eliot Norton was a renowned scholar of Western civilization. Norton was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and received his education from Harvard before traveling extensively, first to India for business and then touring around Europe. Norton maintained several literary relationships with both American and European scholars, such as Longfellow, Carlyle, and Ruskin. He visited the Leweses and wrote about his impressions of their Sunday afternoon salons. Norton married Susan Ridley Sedgwick in 1862. The two had six children together, but Susan died soon after the birth of their sixth child in Dresden, Germany.


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5:4, 5:7

letters to wife: 5:5, 5:10