Excerpt from Letters of Charles Eliot Norton, Vol. 2: With Biographical Comment When Norton returned from England in 1873, forty-six years old, the work with which his name is most closely associated - the work of a teacher - lay all before him. His preparation for it was obviously richer than it could have been had he pursued the usual academic course and begun the routine of instruction in early life: he came to his work t as a pedagogue, but as a man of letters and of the world. It was to one so equipped that Norton's cousin, President Eliot - still in the early stages of converting the small college into a great university - committed the task of instructing its youth in regard to the Fine Arts. This commission first took the form of a lectureship on the History of Art. In the academic year of 1874, Norton anunced and delivered a course on the History of the Fine Arts and their Relations to Literature. In 1875 he was appointed Professor of the History of Art in Harvard University, and for twenty-three years performed the full duties of that office. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.