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.
1822The Siege of Constantinople. A Poem.
1823A Seaside Reverie.
1823Ode to Evening.
1824Contemplation of the Stars.
1829The Father's Legacy.
1829The Heart's Apocolypse.
1829The Heir of the World.
The siege of Constantinople: a poem. 1822.
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.