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Lydia Huntley Sigourney

(1791—1865)


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(1791–1865),

Connecticut poetaster whose sentimental and pious verses were enormously popular, winning her the title “the Mrs. Hemans of America.” Her lugubrious preoccupation with death caused her to look at every sick child as a potential angel, and she so consistently wrote melancholy verses on the decease of any prominent person that an elegy from her pen seemed as natural a sequence to death as interment. She wrote some 60 books, ranging from Moral Pieces in Prose and Verse (1815) to an autobiography, Letters of Life (1866). In addition to editing religious and juvenile publications, she was also a pioneer in the cause of higher education for women.

Subjects: Literature.


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