Dana Sr., Richard Henry

American writer & critic, early practitioner of Gothic literature

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(1787–1879) American poet, critic and lawyer. Born in Cambridge, Mass., graduated from Harvard College and became a lawyer and a literary critic. He was the first American to write major critiques of Romanticism from 1817-27, though his views were unconventional then. In a review of the poetry of Washington Allston, he noted his belief that poetry was the highest form of art, though it should be simple and must avoid didacticism. He accused Harvard of smothering genius, and that minds of poets were more insightful than the general community. He also criticized the Transcendentalism movement. A member of the Anthology Club, he and others founded the North American Review 1817 as an outlet for his criticism, though his opposition to standard conventions cost him his editorial control. In 1833 he published his “Poems and Prose Writings,” inc. poem “The Buccaneer.” By 1850, his opinions were widely followed. As a writer of fiction, Dana was an early practitioner of Gothic literature, particularly with his 1822 novel “Paul Felton”, a tale of madness and murder, pioneering work of psychological realism. Dana had difficulty supporting his family through his writing, which earned him only $400 over 30 years. Son Richard Henry Dana, Jr. also became a lawyer and author, most notably of “Two Years Before the Mast”. Autograph Sentiment Signed on 2 ¼ x 4 ½ card: “By request/[signature].”

Condition: Very good, trifle light
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