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James Russell Lowell

(1819—1891) American poet and critic

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Atlantic Monthly

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An American magazine of literature, the arts, and politics, founded in 1857. J. R. Lowell was its first editor (1857–61) and O. W. Holmes's contribution of The Autocrat at the...

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Biglow Papers

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Two series of satirical verses in Yankee dialect by Lowell, the first written in opposition to the Mexican War and the second in support of the North during the Civil War. The first of the...

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Cathedral

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Blank-verse poem by J. R. Lowell, published Christmas 1869. A revised edition (1877) includes the “Ode Recited at the Harvard Commemoration.”

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Edmund Quincy

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(b. 1 February 1808; d. 17 May 1877), abolitionist, writer, and editor.

Edmund Quincy was the son of the Harvard president, Boston mayor, and U.S. congressional member Josiah...

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A Fable for Critics

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Verse satire by Lowell, published anonymously in 1848. Its eccentric “slap-dash” rhythm has been characterized as a “genial anapestic gait,” and the rhymes are equally careless, but besides...

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Knickerbocker Magazine

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(1833–65),

founded in New York City. Its contributors included W. Irving, H. W. Longfellow, W. C. Bryant, O. W. Holmes, J. R. Lowell, H. Greeley, and J. F. Cooper.

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Maria White Lowell

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(1821–53), married J.R. Lowell (1844), and was important in her own right as the author of poems, 20 of which were published in 1855, and a complete collection in 1907 and 1936. She...

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Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society

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The Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society (MASS) was founded as the New England Anti-Slavery Society by the Massachusetts abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, who was consistently one of its...

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North American Review

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(1815–1939),

a Boston quarterly, later monthly, review and one of the most distinguished of American periodicals. Its editors included C. E. Norton, J. R. Lowell, and H. Adams, and...

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Ode Recited at the Commemoration to the Living and Dead Soldiers of Harvard University

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By Lowell, privately printed in 1865 and published in The Cathedral (1877). It is in the irregular form of the Pindaric ode as adapted by Cowley.

Although song is “weak-winged,” ...

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Parker Pillsbury

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(1809–98),

Massachusetts Abolitionist and woman suffrage leader, for a time edited the National Anti-Slavery Standard. His Acts of the Anti-Slavery Apostles (1883) is a history of...

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Theodore Tilton

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(1835–1907),

New York City author and journalist, noted for his editorship of the Independent (1856–71), a Congregationalist journal that attracted wide attention for its...

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Vision of Sir Launfal

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Verse parable by Lowell, published in 1848. The work is in two parts, each with a prelude, and the basic meter is iambic tetrameter. The plot is derived from legends ...

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