Thomas Dunn English


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(1819–1902), ballad writer, whose most famous poem, “Ben Bolt,” has been set to music 26 different times, once by the author himself. Popular during the Civil War, it was revived by its introduction into Du Maurier's Trilby. English wrote many poems and some 50 plays, including The Mormons (1858). He is ridiculed as “Thomas Dunn Brown” in Poe's “The Literati.”

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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