John Reuben Thompson


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(1823–73), Virginia author, owned and edited the Southern Literary Messenger (1847–60). He supported the Confederacy, both during a residence in England (1864–66) and in the U.S., by literary contributions that included the poem Lee to the Rear. His Poems on Southern life and conditions were issued in 1920, and his lecture on his friend Poe was first published as The Genius and Character of Edgar Allan Poe (1929).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.