Sumner Lincoln Fairfield


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(1803–44), born in Massachusetts, lived an insecure life, by turns teacher, actor, magazine publisher (North American Magazine, 1832–38), was the author of some ten volumes of verse, including The Siege of Constantinople (1822); The Cities of the Plain (1827), on the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah; and The Last Night of Pompeii (1832), which he accused Bulwer-Lytton of plagiarizing. Duyckinck considered that “his imagination was active but undisciplined, and led him to undertake comprehensive and powerful themes which required greater judgment than he had.” His Poems and Prose Writings were collected in 1841 and his widow wrote a Life in 1874.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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