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Oliver Wendell Holmes

(1809—1894) American physician, poet, and essayist


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(1809–94),

American writer, was professor of anatomy and physiology at Harvard University (1847–82). His Autocrat of the Breakfast‐Table appeared in the Atlantic Monthly in 1857–8, The Professor at the Breakfast‐Table in 1860, The Poet at the Breakfast‐Table in 1872, and Over the Tea‐cups in 1891. His essays in the Breakfast‐Table series are notable for their kindly humour and width of erudition; they take the form of discourses by the author, the other characters being listeners, who interpose occasional remarks. He also wrote novels, essays, and memoirs of Emerson and Motley, and a considerable quantity of mainly light and occasional verse.

Subjects: Literature.


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