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Early American Fiction Collection

EAF Author: Seba Smith (1792-1868)

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Seba Smith, a journalist who lived in Portland, Maine and later, New York City, wrote, under the pen name "Jack Downing," a collection of letters of that name published in 1833. Smith also authored a collection of tales and essays, Down East, as well as Powhatan, a Metrical Romance and the mathematics text New Elements of Geometry.


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)