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Harriet Prescott Spofford Poems

 

Harriet Prescott Spofford was a New England poet and novelist who made a name for herself writing tales of the supernatural and some detective stories. She was born Harriet Elizabeth Prescott on the 3rd April 1835 in Maine.  Her family were closely connected with seafaring and this theme appeared in a number of her stories.  Although they were reasonably well off, Harriet was sent ...

Hartley Burr Alexander Poems

 

Hartley Burr Alexander, PhD was an American writer, academic, philosopher and iconographer. He was born on the 9th April 1873 in Lincoln, Nebraska, the son of a minister in the Methodist church who was also edited a newspaper.  As he grew up in Syracuse the young man developed his own interest in writing, influenced by his father, but shied away from the church.  He ...

Hazel Hall Poems

 

Hazel Hall was an American poet whose short life spanned the end of the 19th and the first two decades of the 20th centuries. She was born on the 7th February 1886 in Saint Paul, a Minnesota town that had been nominated some years earlier as the capital of the Minnesota territory.  She was only a few years old though when the family moved ...

James Brunton Stephens Poems

 

James Brunton Stephens was a Scottish-born Australian poet, although he did not emigrate there until his early thirties. His most famous piece of work was a long poem called Convict Once, a piece that established his name in the annals of great Australian writers and demonstrated that he could show a great deal of patriotism toward his adopted country.  He also served for ...

Helene M Johnson Poems

 

Helene Johnson was a 20th century African-American poet who came to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance.  This was a movement of great artistic and cultural innovation which came out of the Harlem district of New York during the 1920s and was also known as the “New Negro Movement”. She was born Helen Johnson on the 7th July 1906 in Boston although she spent ...

Henry Constable Poems

 

Henry Constable was an English poet and diplomat of the late 16th and early 17th centuries whose most famous work was the remarkable sequence of sonnets under the title Diana, split into eight sections which he called First Decade, Second Decade and so on.  He led a trouble life in his later years due to his conversion to Catholicism, a declaration of ...

Henrik Arnold Wergeland Poems

 

Henrik Arnold Wergeland was a 19th century Norwegian writer who openly courted controversy, in both the poems and the plays that he wrote.  He lived only a short life but in his time became known as a pioneer of Norwegian literature covering a wide range of topics including social issues, theology and modern politics.  Some historians have described his work as “subversive” ...

Henrik Johan Ibsen Poems

 

Henrik Johan Ibsen is probably the best known Norwegian poet and playwright in that country’s literary history.  During the 19th century he wrote a number of plays, many of which are still performed today including such famous pieces as Ghosts and Hedda Gabler.  The Doll’s House was considered to be the most popular play world-wide during the early 20th century and his name ...

Henry Alford Poems

 

Henry Alford was a 19th century writer and distinguished cleric who is best known as a hymnodist, although he was also a minor poet of his time. He was born on the 7th October 1810 in London although his family originated from the south west, in the county of Somerset.  There was a long line of Anglican priests in his family tree so it ...

Henry Brooks Adams Poems

 

Henry Brooks Adams was an American writer, political journalist, historian and man of letters who was part of the distinguished Adams family that included two Presidents of the United States.  He won a Pulitzer Prize for his acclaimed autobiography, The Education of Henry Adams, although this was awarded posthumously and the book became one of the top non-fiction books of the 20th ...