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Subject: Excerpt Of History
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 06:58:16 EST
William Cullen Bryant
William Cullen Bryant (November 3, 1794 - June 12, 1878) was an American
poet and journalist.
He was born in Cummington, Massachusetts, the second son of Peter Bryant, a
prominent doctor. Educated at Williams College he went on to study law at
Worthington and Bridgewater, he was admitted to the bar in 1815.
Interested in poetry since childhood his first published work was a book of
verse, The Embargo (1808) and his first critically acclaimed work was the
poem Thanatopsis (1817) which appeared in the North American Review. Writing in
a English romantic style and celebrating the countryside of New England his
work was well received.
He worked as a lawyer in Plainfield and Great Barrington until 1825 when he
married and moved to New York City and worked for the New York Review and
then the New York Evening Post.
At first an associate editor, he became editor in 1829 and remained in that
post until his death, the driving force of a liberal and literate paper he was