(1819–86), Massachusetts author and lyceum lecturer, who in his day was ranked with Poe and Lowell as an authoritative American critic. He is now best remembered for his rather generous estimates of early American writers in American Literature and Other Papers (1887) and Recollections of Eminent Men (1887). More discriminating appraisals of foreign literature are included in Essays and Reviews (2 vols., 1848–49), Lectures on Subjects Connected with Literature and Life (1850), and Literature of the Age of Elizabeth (1869), collected from his addresses, lectures, and articles first published in The North American Review and other periodicals. Charles Dickens, The Man and His Work (2 vols., 1912) was posthumously published.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.