1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Kirke Paulding

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 6:364-65.



Associated with Washington Irving in the Salmagundi papers was JAMES KIRKE PAULDING (1778-1860), a voluminous writer. In 1819, Mr. Paulding commenced a second series of Salmagundi essays, but without much success. His novels of The Dutchman's Fireside (1831) and Westward Ho! (1832) are said to contain faithful historical sketches of the early settlers of New York and Kentucky: of the former, six editions were published within a year. Among the other works of Mr. Paulding are The Diverting History of John Bull and Brother Jonathan (1813); Letters from the South (1817); The Backwoodsman, a poem (1818); A Sketch of Old England (1822); Koningsmarke (1823); The New Mirror for Travellers (1828); Chronicles of the City of Gotham (1830); a LIfe of Washington (1835); and various other slight novels and satirical sketches. A Life of Paulding by his son was published in 1867, and about the same time his Select Works, in four volumes, were issued by a New York publishing house.