ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Gates Percival

(1795-1856)


The son of a country doctor, James Gates Percival was born in Connecticut. He graduated from Yale in 1815 (where he was a student of Timothy Dwight), taking a degree in medicine in 1820. Percival practiced in Connecticut and Charleston, South Carolina, and in the army, where he was briefly a professor of chemistry at West Point (1824). He assisted Noah Webster with the American dictionary and was state geologist of Connecticut (1835-38) and Wisconsin (1854-56).


TEXT RECORDS:

1821Despondency.
1821Prometheus. A Poem.
1821Sonnet. ["Come forth, fair waters, from the classic spring."]
1821The Suicide's Grave.
1821[See, how the clear, unsullied streamlet strays.]
1821[Who is that mourner bending o'er yon grave.]
1822Carmen Seculare.
1822Prometheus Part II.
1822Prometheus Part II: Preface.
1825Poem delivered before the Connecticut Alpha of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

PUBLICATIONS:

Poems. 1821
Prometheus part II with other poems. 1822.
Clio. 3 parts, 1822, 1827.
Oration delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society. 1822.
Poem delivered before the Connecticut alpha of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. 1826.
A system of universal geography. 1834.
Elegant extracts ... a new edition [Vicesimus Knox, ed. Percival]. 1842.
Report on the geology of the State of Connecticut. 1842.
The dream of a day, and other poems. 1843.
Report on the iron of Dodge and Washington Counties, State of Wisconsin. 1855.
Annual report of the geological survey of the State of Wisconsin. 1856.
Poetical works, ed. L. W. Fitch. 2 vols, 1859.
Poetical works ... with a biographical sketch. 2 vols, 1865.