1858 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Fitz-Greene Halleck

Charles D. Cleveland, in Compendium of American Literature (1858) 496-97.



This well-known poet was born at Guilford, Connecticut, in August, 1795. In 1813, he entered a banking-house in New York, and, remained in that city engaged in mercantile pursuits till 1849, when he returned to Connecticut, where he now resides. At an early age he showed a taste for poetry, but he first attracted public attention by a series of humorous and satirical odes published in the Evening Post, in 1819, over the signature of "Croaker." Towards the close of the same year he published Fanny, the longest of his satirical poems, which passed through several editions. In 1823, he went to Europe, and after his return, in 1827, he published a small volume containing Alnwick Castle, Marco Bozzaris, and some other pieces. In 1847, the Appletons published a beautifully illustrated edition of all he had then written. The last collection of his works, published in 1852 by Redfield, contains a considerable addition to his former works. It has always been regretted by the public that one who writes so well should have written so little.