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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

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John Greenleaf Whittier, author of over two dozens volumes of poetry, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts to a Quaker family, and he remained a lifelong member of the Society of Friends. In 1829, he became editor of the American Manufacture, and followed this in 1831 with the publication of his first book, The Legends of New England, the sequel of which, The Supernaturalism of New England, appeared in 1847. Elected secretary of the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1836 and editor of the Pennsylvania Freeman in Philadelphia from 1838-1839, Whittier was a committed abolitionist whose beliefs are reflected in the poems comprising The Voices of Freedom. His other works include Moll Pitcher; Mogg Megone; Songs of Labor; In War Time; Snow-Bound; Ballads of New England; and many others, including the prose work Leaves from Margaret Smith's Journal.


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)