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Lowell, James Russell. (1819 - 1891).

L i f e

- one of the most versatile and respected literary figures in America in the 2nd half of the 19th century

- a poet, critic, essayist, editor, linguist, teacher, reformer, and diplomat

- received university education (studied law at Harvard) x but: abandoned law for literature

- became speaker for the cause of temperance, woman suffrage, and abolitionism

- succeeded H. W. Longfellow as Professor of Modern Languages and Literature at Harvard

- associated with the ‘Saturday Club’: chosen for editor of the Atlantic Monthly when it launched (1857)

- also edited the North American Review

W o r k

P o e t r y :

Poems (1843):

- includes also much topical verse on social and political issues

Poems: Second Series:

- a collected 2-volume edition of his verse

The Vision of Sir Launfal:

- a Christian allegory

A Fable for Critics (1848):

- his most famous work

- represents the best features of his writing

- demonstrates his facility and wit in rhyming grounded on his familiarity with the classic and modern literature

- expresses a supreme confidence in his own ability to evaluate the achievements of others

C r i t i c i s m :

The Biglow Papers (1846):

- a newspaper series expressing his opposition to the Mexican War

- stands for one of the earliest and most artful uses of local dialect and humour for political purpose

- includes political and social parodies

=> established his reputation as a satirist and wit

Among My Books

My Study Windows:

- collections of essays


(Portrait: Wikipedia).

  • Author

    James Russell Lowell. (1819 - 1891). American.
  • Work

    Critic. Poet. Editor. Member of the New England Brahmins.
  • Genres

    Romantic poetry and prose.


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"Nature fits all her children with something to do, / He who would write and can't write, can surely review".

From A Fable for Critics (1848).


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