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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Henry Theodore Tuckerman (1813-1871)

Works in the Collection      Biographies

Henry Theodore Tuckerman, born in Boston, was an essayist, travel writer, biographer, critic, and poet. In 1833 he made his first trip abroad for health reasons, and after touring Italy he returned to the US in 1834. This trip became the subject of his first published volume, The Italian Sketch Book. In 1837 he returned to Europe, travelling to Gibraltar, Malta, Sicily, and Florence, and these experiences shaped the contents of his next book, Isabel, or Sicily, a Pilgrimage, republished as Sicily and Pilgrimage in 1852. In 1845 he relocated from Boston to New York, and in 1850 he received an honorary Master of Arts degree from Harvard. He went on to publish Characteristics of Literature illustrated by the Genius of Distinguished Men; The Optimist, a Collection of Essays; The Spirit of Poetry, a collection of his poems; the travelogue A Month in England, which contains a description of the mania surrounding the reception of Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin; and The Leaves from the Diary of a Dreamer, which recounts personal anecdotes about Byron, Hawthorne, and Sismondi.


Works in the EAF Collection

Isabel; or Sicily. A Pilgrimage (1839) (Restricted)

The Italian Sketch Book (1835) (Restricted)

Rambles and Reveries (1841) (Restricted)

Contemporary Biographies

From Oscar Fay Adams, A Dictionary of American Authors (1901)

From Samuel Austin Allibone, A Critical Dictionary of English Literature (1900)

From Evert A. Duyckinck, Cyclopaedia of American Literature (1856)