John Blair Linn


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(1777–1804), Pennsylvania poet and Presbyterian clergyman, whose writings include The Poetical Wanderer (1796), composed when he was a graduate student at Columbia; The Death of Washington. A Poem (1800), in the manner of Ossian; The Powers of Genius (1801), reminiscent of Shenstone and Akenside; and Valerian (1805), an unfinished narrative poem. His lost play, Bourville Castle (1797), was revised by William Dunlap and his brother-in-law, C.B. Brown.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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