Edmund Clarence Stedman

Edmund Clarence Stedman (October 8, 1833 - January 18, 1908), American poet, critic, and essayist was born at Hartford, Connecticut, United States.


He studied two years at Yale University; became a journalist in New York City, especially on the staffs of the "Tribune" and "World", for which latter paper he served as field correspondent during the first years of the Civil War. As opportunity offered, he studied law and was for a time private secretary to Attorney-General Bates at Washington, and was a member of the New York Stock Exchange in Wall Street from 1865 to 1900. His first book, "Poems, Lyrical and Idyllic", appeared in 1860, followed by successive volumes of similar character, and by collected editions of his verse in 1873, 1884 and 1897. His longer poems are "Alice of Monmouth: an Idyl of the Great War" (1864); "The Blameless Prince" (1869), an allegory of good deeds, supposed to have been remotely suggested by the life of Prince Albert; and an elaborate commemorative ode on Hawthorne, read before the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Society in 1877.

An idyllic atmosphere is the prevalent characteristic of his longer pieces, while the lyric tone is never absent from his songs, ballads and poems of reflection or fancy. As an editor he put forth a volume of "Cameos" from Landor (with TB Aldrich, 1874); a large Library of (selections from) American Literature (with Ellen M Hutchinson, 11 vols, 1888-1890); a "Victorian Anthology" (1895); and an "American Anthology, 1787-1899" (1900); the two last-named volumes being ancillary to a detailed and comprehensive critical study in prose of the whole body of English poetry from 1837, and of American poetry of the 19th century.

This study appeared in separate chapters in "Scribner's Monthly" now the "Century Magazine", and was reissued, with enlargements, in the volumes entitled "Victorian Poets" (1875; continued to the Jubilee year in the edition of 1887) and "Poets of America" (1885), the two works forming the most symmetrical body of literary criticism yet published in the United States. Their value is increased by the treatise on "The Nature and Elements of Poetry" (Boston, 1892) a work of great critical insight as well as technical knowledge.

Stedman edited, with Ellen M. Hutchinson, "A Library of American Literature" (eleven volumes, 1888-90); and, with George E. Woodberry, the "Works of Edgar Allan Poe" (ten volumes, 1895). After the death of James Russell Lowell, Stedman had perhaps the leading place among American poets and critics.

In 1904, Edmund Clarence Stedman was one of the first seven chosen for membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


* Stedman and Gould, "Life and Letters of Edmund Clarence Stedman" (two volumes, New York, 1910)
* William Winter, "Old Friends" (New York, 1909)
* [http://www.bartleby.com/248/ An American Anthology, 1787–1900] (Online Edition)




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