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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: John Pendleton Kennedy (1795-1870)

Works in the Collection      Biographies

Born in Baltimore in 1795, and a graduate of the College of Baltimore in 1812, John Pendleton Kennedy combined an active political life with a literary one. In 1820, 1821, 1822, and 1846 he was elected to the House of Delegates, for the last term as Speaker, and in 1837 he was elected to the House of Representatives, to be reelected for two ensuing terms. He was one of the leading Whigs in Congress, publishing A Defence of the Whigs in 1844. In 1852, he became Secretary of the Navy under the Fillmore administration. His literary career began in 1818 with the appearance of The Red Book (with poetry by Peter Hoffman Cruse) in weekly numbers, which continued through two volumes into 1819. His other writings included: Swallow Barn; or, a Sojourn in the Old Dominion , sketches of rural life in Virginia; the historical novels Horse-Shoe Robinson; a Tale of the Tory Ascendancy and Rob of the Bowl; a Legend of St. Inigoes ; and the political satire The Annals of Quodlibet .


Works in the EAF Collection

Horse Shoe Robinson: A Tale of the Tory Ascendency (1835) (Restricted)

Quodlibet: Containing Some Annals Thereof: With an Authentic Account of the Origin and Growth of the Borough edited by Solomon Secondthoughts [pseud] (1840) (Restricted)

Rob of the Bowl: A Legend of St. Inigoe's (1838) [Volume 1] [Volume 2] (Restricted)

Swallow Barn; or, A Sojourn in the Old Dominion (1832) [Volume 1] [Volume 2] (Restricted)

Contemporary Biographies

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

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