Josiah Gilbert Holland


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(1819–81), Massachusetts author, was long associated with Samuel Bowles as an editor of the Springfield Republican, and became the first editor of Scribner's Monthly (1870–81). His many books were popular in their day, being well suited to the homely taste for sentimental didacticism. His novels include The Bay-Path (1857), dealing with the religious background of 17th-century Connecticut; Miss Gilbert's Career (1860), set in contemporary Connecticut; Arthur Bonnicastle (1873), a semi-autobiographical novel of a New England boy's life at Yale and in New York; Sevenoaks (1875), the story of an unscrupulous financier; and Nicholas Minturn (1877), about a wealthy and idealistic young social reformer. Besides many poems, including Bitter-Sweet (1858) and Kathrina, Her Life and Mine in a Poem (1867), Holland wrote histories and such works as Letters to Young People (1858), using the pseudonym Timothy Titcomb.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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