ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Trumbull

(1750-1831)


John Trumbull was born in Watertown Connecticut, the son of a clergyman of the same name. In 1767 he graduated from Yale College (M.A. 1770), where he later served as treasurer (1776-82). A staunch conservative, Trumbull was Connecticut State Attorney (1789-95) and a member of the state legislature before being appointed a judge in 1801. After the publication of his burlesque poem M'Fingal in 1782 he was regarded as the first among the Connecticut Wits, a group of poets that included Timothy Dwight and Elihu Hubbard Smith. After a Democratic administration removed him from his position, Trumbull removed to Michigan in 1825.


TEXT RECORDS:

1769The Wedding, an Epithalamium.
1778The Genius of America: an Ode.

PUBLICATIONS:

The Progress of Dulness. 1772-73.
McFingal; a modern epic poem. 1776.
Anarchiad. 1786-87.
Poetical Works. 2 vols, 1820.