James Lawson


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(1799–1880), Scottish-born businessman and author in New York, contributed verse and articles to magazines, and was a friend of Poe, Simms, and Paulding. His books, published anonymously, include Ontwa, the Son of the Forest (1822), a verse narrative of Indian warfare; Tales and Sketches, by a Cosmopolite (1830), sentimental stories with a Scottish background; Poems (1857); Liddesdale (1874), a blank-verse tragedy concerned with Indians; and The Maiden's Oath (1877), a domestic tragedy.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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