(1816–50), like his brother John Esten Cooke, was also an author, best known for his poem Florence Vane, published in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine (1840), which was long a parlor favorite in the then popular sentimental vein. His only volume of poetry, Froissart's Ballads (1847), contains versified transcripts from the French chronicler. Cooke contributed several prose romances to the Southern Literary Messenger, but these have not been reprinted. He was a literary critic.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.