ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Elihu Hubbard Smith

(1771-1798)


Elihu Hubbard Smith was born in Litchfield, Connecticut and graduated from Yale in 1786. Afterwards he studied literature at Timothy Dwight's Greenfield Academy, and medicine with Benjamin Rush. Smith practiced at Wethersfield (1791-93), where he was associated with the Connecticut Wits and edited American Poems, the first anthology of American poetry (1793). He later settled in New York, where he died in a yellow fever epidemic in 1798. Smith adapted Oliver Goldsmith's ballad Edwin and Angelina as a comic opera that was performed in New York.


TEXT RECORDS:

1791A Fragment. In imitation of Spenser.

PUBLICATIONS:

Edwin and Angelina; or the banditi. 1797.
American poems [ed. Smith]. 1798.
Poems, in Minor Connecticut Wits, ed. Franklin. 1970.
Diary of Elihu Hubbard Smith (1771-1798), ed. James E. Cronin. 1973.