Edmund Clarence Stedman


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(1833–1908), was both a poet and a successful Wall Street broker, as may be seen in his most famous work, Pan in Wall Street, a poem published in The Blameless Prince (1869). Also an essayist and critic, he was a noted literary figure in his time, although later critics have considered his several volumes of verse, collected in Poetical Works (1873), to be rather frigid reflections of the genteel tradition, or echoes of Tennyson and other contemporary poets. His work as a critic was of higher rank, particularly in his notable edition of Poe with G.E. Woodberry, and in The Poets of America (2 vols., 1885). This work, along with A Library of American Literature (11 vols., 1888–90), edited with Ellen M. Hutchinson, and An American Anthology (1900), did much to establish both a finer appreciation of and a greater interest in American literature.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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