Fitz-Greene Halleck was born at Guilford, Connecticut. He worked in John Jacob Astor's bank (1812-30) and was personal secretary to Astor until his retirement in 1849. He made his literary reputation with "Fanny," a satirical poem in the ottava rima stanza (1819); he traveled in Europe in 1822-23. Halleck's Selections from the British Poets (1840) contains a fair sampling of Elizabethan minor poetry; his own verse was influenced by Byron, Scott, and Thomas Campbell.
Poems by Croaker, Croaker, & Co. [with Joseph Rodman Drake]. 1819
Alnwick Castle, with other poems. 1827.
The recorder and other poems. 1833.
Works of Byron [ed. Halleck]. 1834.
Fanny with other poems. 1839.
Selections from the British poets [ed. Halleck]. 2 vols, 1840.
Poetical works. 1847.
Young America. 1865.
Works, ed. James Grant Wilson. 1871.