ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sumner Lincoln Fairfield

(1803-1844)


Born in western Massachusetts, Sumner Lincoln Fairfield was the son of a physician who grew up in humble circumstances after the death of his father. After education at Brown University he lived in Savannah; abandoning a career in the ministry he traveled in Europe, taught school, and edited the North American Magazine. He died at an early age in New Orleans, whereupon his widow published a biography recounting his tenuous career as a man of letters.


TEXT RECORDS:

1822The Siege of Constantinople. A Poem.
1823A Seaside Reverie.
1823Fancy's Romaut.
1823Maternal Love.
1823Ode to Evening.
1823The Dawn.
1824Contemplation of the Stars.
1824Midnight.
1824Thanksgiving Ode.
1829Glendaloch.
1829The Father's Legacy.
1829The Heart's Apocolypse.
1829The Heir of the World.

PUBLICATIONS:

The siege of Constantinople: a poem. 1822.
Poems. 1823.
The lays of Melpomene. 1824.
Mina, a dramatic sketch: with other poems. 1825.
The other passage of the sea; a poem with other pieces. 1826.
The cities of the plain: a Scripture poem. 1827.
The heir of the world and lesser poems. 1829.
Abaddon, the spirit of destruction and other poems. 1830.
The last night of Pompeii: a poem; and Lays and legends. 1832.
The poems and prose writings. 1841.
Poetical works. 1842.
The autobiography of Jane Fairfield; embracing a few select poems by Sumner Lincoln Fairfield. 1860.