Hirst, Henry Beck was born on August 23, 1817 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Thomas Hirst.
Studied law privately and with half-brother William.
Wrote poetry for various magazines. A friend of Edgar Allan Poe, friendship terminated due to Hirst’s claim to have authored The Raven. His mind had become disarranged by 1869, later deteriorated into insanity.
Author: The Coming of the Mammoth (1st collection of poems), 1845. Endymion (best poem), 1848. The Penance of Roland, 1849.