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Early American Fiction Collection

Early American Fiction Collection
(1789-1875)



Authors in Early American Fiction

The individual author profiles include various biographical sketches, links to other online texts at the University of Virginia, and connections to selected other resources on the Web.

The biographies include 19th-century pieces such as Samuel Austin Allibone's A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1856) and Evert A. Duyckinck's Cyclopaedia of American Literature (1856). While these may be old-fashioned in their language and form, they nonetheless provide a valuable view of these authors, and often contain quotations from contemporary critics and journals.


Louisa May Alcott
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Washington Allston
Jane (Goodwin) Austin
Delia Salter Bacon
George William Bagby
Joseph Glover Baldwin
Jeremy Belknap
Emerson Bennett
Ambrose Bierce
Robert Montgomery Bird
Hugh Henry Brackenridge
John Gardiner Calkins Brainard
Charles Frederick Briggs
Maria Gowen Brooks
Charles Brockden Brown
William Hill Brown
William Wells Brown
Charles Farrar Browne
William Cullen Bryant
George Henry Calvert
William Alexander Caruthers
Alice Cary
Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Lydia Maria Child
Willis Gaylord Clark
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain)
John Esten Cooke
Rose Terry Cooke
James Fenimore Cooper
Susan Fenimore Cooper
Frederick Swartwout Cozzens
Maria Susanna Cummins
George William Curtis
Richard Henry Dana Sr.
Charles Augustus Davis
Rufus Dawes
John William De Forest
George Horatio Derby
Mary Abigail Dodge
Augustine Joseph Hickey Duganne
William Dunlap
Edward Eggleston
Thomas Dunn English
Sumner Lincoln Fairfield
Theodore Sedgwick Fay
James Thomas Fields
Timothy Flint
Hannah Webster Foster
Sarah Josepha Hale
Baynard Rush Hall
James Hall
Charles Graham Halpine
George Washington Harris
Bret Harte
Nathaniel Hawthorne
John Hay
Henry William Herbert
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Charles Fenno Hoffman
Josiah Gilbert Holland
Mary Jane Holmes
Oliver Wendell Holmes
William Dean Howells
Joseph Holt Ingraham
Washington Irving
Harriet Jacobs
Richard Malcolm Johnston
John Beauchamp Jones
Samuel Benjamin Helbert Judah
Sylvester Judd
John Pendleton Kennedy
Caroline Matilda Kirkland
Sidney Lanier
George Lippard
David Ross Locke
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Augustus Baldwin Longstreet
Robert Traill Spence Lowell
Cornelius Mathews
James McHenry
Herman Melville
Joaquin Miller
Donald Grant Mitchell
Issac Mitchell
George Pope Morris
John Lothrop Motley
Louise Chandler Moulton
Peter Hamilton Myers
John Neal
Joseph Clay Neal
Fitz James O'Brien
Francis Parkman
James Kirke Paulding
John Howard Payne
Albert Pike
Edgar Allan Poe
Thomas Buchanan Read
Edward Payson Roe
Susanna Haswell Rowson
Anne Newport Royall
Epes Sargent
Catharine Maria Sedgwick
Henry Wheeler Shaw
Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber
Lydia Howard (Huntley) Sigourney
William Gilmore Simms
Richard Penn Smith
Seba Smith
William Joseph Snelling
Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Harriet Elizabeth Beecher Stowe
Bayard Taylor
Frederick William Thomas
Daniel Pierce Thompson
Maurice Thompson
William Tappan Thompson
Thomas Bangs Thorpe
John Townsend Trowbridge
Nathaniel Beverly Tucker
Henry Theodore Tuckerman
Royall Tyler
Lew Wallace
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
William Ware
Anna Bartlett Warner
Susan Bogert Warner
John Greenleaf Whittier
Nathaniel Parker Willis
Augusta Jane Evans Wilson
Theodore Winthrop
Samuel Woodworth
Constance Fenimore Woolson