Lowell, James Russell


Lowell, James Russell

biographical name

/

James Russell Lowell.—Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

(born Feb. 22, 1819, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.—died Aug. 12, 1891, Cambridge) U.S. poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He received a law degree from Harvard but chose not to practice. In the 1840s he wrote extensively against slavery, including the Biglow Papers (1848), satirical verses in Yankee dialect. His other most important works are The Vision of Sir Launfal (1848), a long poem on the brotherhood of mankind; and A Fable for Critics (1848), a witty evaluation of contemporary authors. After his wife's death in 1853, he wrote mainly essays on literature, history, and politics. A highly influential man of letters in his day, he taught at Harvard, edited The Atlantic Monthly and The North American Review, and served as minister to Spain and ambassador to Britain.

This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise.
For the full entry on Lowell, James Russell, visit Britannica.com.

Seen & Heard

What made you look up Lowell, James Russell? Please tell us what you were reading, watching or discussing that led you here.

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More