Fitz-Greene Halleck Photo

Fitz-Greene Halleck

Born: Jul 8, 1790

Death: Nov 19, 1867

Birthplace: Guilford

Nationality: United States

Fitz-Greene Halleck

Date of Birth : Jul 8, 1790
Date of Death : Nov 19, 1867
Birth Place : Guilford

Fitz-Greene Halleck was an American poet notable for his satires and as one of the Knickerbocker Group. Born and reared in Guilford, Connecticut, he went to New York City at the age of 20, and lived and worked there for nearly four decades. He was sometimes called "the American Byron". His poetry was popular and widely read but later fell out of favor. It has been studied since the late twentieth century for its homosexual themes and insights into nineteenth-century society. In 1832, Halleck, a cultural celebrity, started working as personal secretary and adviser to the philanthropist John Jacob Astor, who appointed him as one of the original trustees of the Astor Library. Given an annuity by Astor's estate, in 1849 Halleck retired to Guilford, where he lived with his sister Marie Halleck for the remainder of his life.

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