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James Russell Lowell

Born: Feb 22, 1819

Death: Aug 12, 1891

Birthplace: Cambridge

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

James Russell Lowell

Date of Birth : Feb 22, 1819
Date of Death : Aug 12, 1891
Birth Place : Cambridge

James Russell Lowell was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside. Lowell graduated from Harvard College in 1838, despite his reputation as a troublemaker, and went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School. He published his first collection of poetry in 1841 and married Maria White in 1844. He and his wife had several children, though only one survived past childhood. The couple soon became involved in the movement to abolish slavery, with Lowell using poetry to express his anti-slavery views and taking a job in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the editor of an abolitionist newspaper. After moving back to Cambridge, Lowell was one of the founders of a journal called The Pioneer, which lasted only three issues. He gained notoriety in 1848 with the publication of A Fable for Critics, a book-length poem satirizing contemporary critics and poets.


  • Lawyer
  • Poet
  • Diplomat

Also known as

  • Russell James Lowell
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