1875 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Emma Catherine Embury

George and Evert Duyckinck, Cyclopedia of American Literature (1856; 1875) 2:328-29.



MRS. EMBURY, the wife of Mr. Daniel Embury, a gentleman of wealth and distinguished by his intellectual and social qualities, a resident of Brooklyn, New York, is the daughter of James R. Manly, for a long while an eminent New York physician. She early became known to the public as a writer of verses in the columns of the New York Mirror and other journals under the signature of "Ianthe." In the year 1828 a volume from her pen was published, Guido, and Other Poems, by Ianthe. This was followed by a volume on Female Education, and a long series of tales and sketches in the magazines of the day, which were received with favor for the felicitous sentiment and ease in composition. Constance Latimer is one of these, which has given title to a collection of the stories, The Blind Girl and Other Tales. Her Pictures of Early Life, Glimpses of Home Life or Causes and Consequences, are similar volumes. In 1845 she contributed the letter-press, both prose and verse, to an illustrated volume in quarto, Nature's Gems, or American Wild Flowers. She has also written a volume of poems, Love's Token-Flowers, in which these symbols of sentiment are gracefully interpreted. In 1848 appeared her volume, The Waldorf Family, or Grandfather's Legends, in which the romantic lore of Brittany is presented to the young.

These writings, which exhibit good sense and healthy natural feeling, though numerous, are to be taken rather as illustrations of domestic life and retired sentiment than as the occupation of a professed literary career.

Of her poetry, her songs breathe an air of nature, with much sweetness.

Mrs. Embury died at Brooklyn, Feb. 10, 1863. A volume of her Poems was published in 1869.