Agnes Repplier Essays On Success

Agnes Repplier
DiedDecember 15, 1950(1950-12-15) (aged 95)
Resting placeSaint John the Evangelist church, Philadelphia
Notable worksIn Our Convent Days (1905), Points of Friction (1920)

Agnes Repplier (April 1, 1855[1] – December 15, 1950) was an American essayist.

Early years[edit]

She was born in Philadelphia in 1855 ,[2] of French and German extraction,[3] and was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Eden Hall at Torresdale, Philadelphia and later at the Agnes Irwin School. Repplier was reputedly expelled from two schools for "independent behaviour" and illiterate until the age of ten.[2]


Despite her school experiences, she became one of America's chief representatives of the discursive essay,[4] displaying wide reading and apt quotation. Her writings contain literary criticism as well as comments on contemporary life. These characteristics were already apparent in the first essay which she contributed to the Atlantic Monthly (April 1886), entitled “Children, Past and Present.”[5]

Repplier's earliest national publications appeared in 1881 in Catholic World. Although she did write several biographies and some fiction, early in her career she decided to concentrate on essays, and for 50 years she enjoyed a national reputation. She was awarded honorary degrees by the University of Pennsylvania (1902), Notre Dame (1911), Yale (1925), and Columbia University (1927).[6]

Personal life[edit]

She was a heavy smoker. Repplier was a devout Catholic, and had a conservative's outlook on the issues of the day.[3] She was an advocate of feminism and opponent of American neutrality during World War One, though an opponent of radicals and activists.[2] Living and dying in Philadelphia, she also spent time in Europe.[2]

Edward Wagenknecht described her, in 1946, as "our dean of essayists".[2]

Selected works[edit]

  • Philadelphia: The Place and the People (1898)
  • The Fireside Sphinx (1901)
  • In Our Convent Days (1905)
  • The Cat (1912)
  • Germany and Democracy (1914; with J. William White)
  • The Promise of the Bell: Christmas in Philadelphia (1924)
  • To Think of Tea! (1932)
  • In Pursuit of Laughter (1936) a historical study of types of humor
Essay collections
  • Books and Men (1888)
  • Points of View (1891)
  • Essays in Miniature (1892)
  • Essays in Idleness (1893)
  • In the Dozy Hours and Other Papers (1894)
  • Varia (1897)
  • Compromises (1904)
  • A Happy Half-Century and Other Essays (1908)
  • Americans and Others (1912)
  • Counter-Currents (1916)
  • Points of Friction (1920)
  • Under Dispute (1924)
  • Times and Tendencies (1931)
  • Eight Decades: Essays and Episodes (1937)
Biographical studies
  • J. William White, M.D.: A Biography (1919)
  • Père Marquette: Priest, Pioneer and Adventurer (1929) (Jacques Marquette)
  • Mère Marie of the Ursulines: A Study in Adventure (1931) (Marie de l'Incarnation)
  • Junípero Serra:Pioneer Colonist of California (1933)
  • Agnes Irwin: A Biography (1934)
Short stories
Selected articles


  1. ^This Is My Best (anthology) edited by Whit Burnett 1942 p.1153 Biographies and Bibliographies
  2. ^ abcdeNancy A. Walker, Nancy Nash-Cummings, Zita Dresner. Redressing the balance: American women's literary humor from Colonial times to the 1980s. University Press of Mississippi, 1988 p.207
  3. ^ abPaul R. Messbarger (1974). "Repplier, Agnes". Dictionary of American Biography. Supplement Four 1946-1950. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 
  4. ^Reilly, Joseph J. (1938–39). "The Daughter of Addison," The Catholic World, Vol. 148, pp. 158–166.
  5. ^ One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1922). "Repplier, Agnes". Encyclopædia Britannica (12th ed.). London & New York. 
  6. ^Rickenbacker, William F. (1994). "Agnes Repplier Revisited,"Modern Age, Vol. 36, No. 4, p. 341.

Further reading[edit]

  • Breed, Charles Everett (1994). Agnes Repplier, American Essayist: The force of Character, the Consolation of Civility. Ph.D. diss. University of Michigan.
  • Dirda, Michael (2009). American Austen: The Forgotten Writing of Agnes Repplier; see "Michael Dirda on 'American Austen: The Forgotten Writing of Agnes Repplier',"The Washington Post.
  • Horchler, Dora (1961). "The Essays of Agnes Repplier,"Modern Age, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 311–316.
  • Lukacs, John (1980). Philadelphia: Patricians and Philistines, 1900–1950. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux.
  • Repplier, Emma (1957). Agnes Repplier: A Memoir. Philadelphia: Dorrance and Company.
  • Schelling, Felix E. (1922). "Our Miss Repplier." In: Appraisements and Asperities. Philadelphia & London: J.B. Lippincott Company, pp. 21–26.
  • Stokes, George Stewart (1949). Agnes Repplier: Lady of Letters. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Sweeney, Francis (1951). "Miss Repplier of Philadelphia," The Catholic World, Vol. 173, pp. 278–283.
  • Walker, Nancy and Zita Dresner (1988). Redressing the Balance: American Women’s Literary Humor from Colonial Times to the 1980s. Jackson, Miss.: University of Mississippi Press.
  • White, James A. (1957). The Era of Good Intentions: A Survey of American Catholics Writing between the Years 1889–1915. Ph.D. diss. University of Notre Dame.

External links[edit]

Category : Quotes-Mottos, Hapiness

Said by : Agnes Repplier

Person : Chin Han

“is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.”

Who was Agnes Repplier

Agnes Repplier says: “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere,” noting how obscure happiness really is when it does not come from the inner self.  It is inside the depth of our soul where we can flourish and deliver happiness, an arduous path yet essential.

Agnes Repplier (1855-1950) is an American essayist.  Her humorous yet in-depth writing concentrated mainly for economic reasons in essays rather than novels.  However, she is a distinct and notable writer of literary criticism and notes on the Catholic religion.

She exclaimed on her place in literature: “My niche is small, but I made it myself”.

She managed to enclose in her publications some of her early essays which gained recognition, and she published nineteen more collection of essays.  She succeeded in having her essays appear in papers such as the “Atlantic Monthly” which was an accomplishment she yearned for.

The editor of “Catholic World” magazine mentioned on Repplier “‘I fancy, that you know more about books than you do about life, that you are more of a reader than an observer.’”

Replier was a devout Catholic and much of her work concerned the education of children.  She was a conservative writer and character, yet a heavy smoker.  She supported feminism, however, she opposed American neutrality on World War I.

Who is Chin Han

The Singaporean actor Chin Han agrees with the essayist and finds that no matter how successful and famous one is, happiness is found within.

We know Chin Han mainly form his part in the “Dark Night”, along with Morgan Freeman, which granted him his worldwide success.  We have also seen him in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Restless,” “Contagion” and others

Chin Han has been acting from an early age and his career as an actor is more than twenty years long.  He remarks on his youth: “When my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I would always say, “I want to go to the movies.””  His family was supportive, however obscure and unlikely his choice of career may be.

Han worked hard his way up. He started with acting in theatre and television before he climbed up the big screen.  He has even directed in theatre for about eight years, before he entered the Hollywood scene.  He is well known in his origin country, for Asian productions, and has hit the charts as one of the “Top 10 Favourite Male Artist.”  Now on international career, he is betting on his talent and hard work to accomplish his parts and get to the top.

He enjoys having to work with great directors, and possibly in the following quote is referring to Nolan, so he underlines: “… I’m happy being in smaller movies or doing roles that are ostensibly supporting roles, as long as I get to work with the directors I want to work with.”

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