ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Washington Allston

(1779-1843)


Born in South Carolina, Washington Allston spent his youth in Newport Rhode Island before studying at Harvard (B.A. 1800). He studied painting with Benjamin West at the Royal Academy (1801-03) before traveling on the Continent, where he made the acquaintance of Coleridge. After returning to America (1808-10) he settled in England where he enjoyed some success as a painter and poet before financial difficulties compelled him to return to America, where he spent his later years living in Massachusetts.


TEXT RECORDS:

1803[To John Knapp, on imitating Spenser.]
1809The Paint-King.
1813The Sylphs of the Seasons, a Poet's Dream.
1830 ca.A Fragment.

PUBLICATIONS:

The sylphs of the seasons with other poems. 1813.
Monaldi, a tale. 1841.
Lectures on art, and poems. 1850.
The correspondence of Washington Allston, ed. Nathalia Wright. 1993.