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Rufus Wilmot Griswold

Born: Feb 13, 1815

Death: Aug 27, 1857

Birthplace: Benson

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Rufus Wilmot Griswold

Date of Birth : Feb 13, 1815
Date of Death : Aug 27, 1857
Birth Place : Benson

Rufus Wilmot Griswold was an American anthologist, editor, poet, and critic. Born in Vermont, Griswold left home when he was 15 years old. He worked as a journalist, editor, and critic in Philadelphia, New York City, and elsewhere. He built up a strong literary reputation, in part due to his 1842 collection The Poets and Poetry of America. This anthology, the most comprehensive of its time, included what he deemed the best examples of American poetry. He produced revised versions and similar anthologies for the remainder of his life, although many of the poets he promoted have since faded into obscurity. Many writers hoped to have their work included in one of these editions, although they commented harshly on Griswold's abrasive character. Griswold was married three times: his first wife died young, his second marriage ended in a public and controversial divorce, and his third wife left him after the previous divorce was almost repealed. Edgar Allan Poe, whose poetry had been included in Griswold's anthology, published a critical response that questioned which poets were included.


  • Writer
  • Book editor
  • Literary critic

Also known as

  • Rufus W. Griswold
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