1858 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Emma Catherine Embury

Charles D. Cleveland, in Compendium of American Literature (1858; 1859) 614.



Among American female writers, Emma C. Embury takes no mean rank. She is the daughter of Dr. James R. Manly, an eminent physician of New York, and in 1828 was married to Daniel Embury, a gentleman of wealth, residing in Brooklyn, and much valued for his intellectual and social qualities, — having the taste to appreciate the talents of his gifted wife, and the good sense to encourage and aid her in her literary pursuits. But these pursuits, happily, have never caused her to neglect the duties of a wife or a mother.

Mrs. Embury's published works are — Guido, and other Poems, by Ianthe; a volume on Female Education; The Blind Girl, and other Tales; Pictures of Early Life; Glimpses of Home Life, or Causes and Consequences; Nature's Gems, or American Wild Flowers; Love's Token-Flowers; The Waldorf Family, or Grandfather's Legends. All her writings exhibit good sense, true cultivation, and healthy natural feeling, united to much refinement; and it is to be deeply lamented that a protracted illness has deprived her, for many years, of the physical and mental power requisite for literary pursuits, or even for domestic duties. Great nervous debility and paralysis have shattered her vigorous body and her noble mind, and, have left only the gentle affections of her nature untouched.