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James Russell LOWELL

diplomat , educator , writer

James Russell Lowell was an American Romantic poet,educator, critic, editor, and diplomat.

Background

Lowell, James Russell was born on February 22, 1819 in “Elmwood,” Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Review Charles and Harriet (Spence) Lowell.

Education

Lowell attended school under Sophia Dana, and, later studied at a school run by a particularly harsh disciplinarian, where one of his classmates was Richard Henry Dana, Jr.

In Harvard College James Russell Lowell was not a good student and often got into trouble. In his last year there, he wrote, "During Freshman year, I did nothing, during Sophomore year I did nothing, during Junior year I did nothing, and during Senior year I have thus far done nothing in the way of college studies".In his senior year, he became one of the editors of Harvardiana literary magazine, to which he contributed prose and poetry that he admitted was of low quality.

Works

  • book

    • A Year's Life, 1841

    • Miscellaneous Poems, 1843

    • The Biglow Papers, 1848

    • A Fable for Critics, 1848

    • Poems, 1848

    • The Vision of Sir Launfal, 1848

    • Under the Willows, 1869

    • The Cathedral, 1870

    • Heartsease and Rue, 1888

    • Conversations on the Old Poets, 1844

    • Fireside Travels, 1864

    • Among My Books, 1870

    • My Study Windows, 1871

    • Among My Books, 1876

    • Democracy and Other Addresses, 1886

    • Political Essays, 1888

Politics

James Russell Lowell was an abolitionist, advocated suffrage for blacks.

Connections

father:
Charles Russell

mother:
Harriett Brackett Spence Lowell

child:
Blanche

child:
Mabel

child:
Rose

child:
Walter

wife:
Maria

wife:
Frances

Brother:
Charles

sister:
Rebecca

sister:
Mary

Brother:
William

Brother:
Robert