Tid-bit of information of each author
please note Poe and Hawthorne are NOT on this page, due to the fact they have their own site.

Washington Iviring
 pseudonyms: Dietrich Knickerbocker, Jonathan Oldstyle, Geoffrey Crayon

Washington Irving was born in New York City as the youngest of 11 children. His father was a wealthy merchant, and his mother, an English woman, was the granddaughter of a clergyman. 

Early in his life he had a passion for books. He studied law but his love for writing overcame his future and so he became an author.

William Cullen Bryant

His father was Peter Bryant, a physician of considerable literary culture, and a person who had traveled quite extensively. Bryant's mother was Miss Sarah Snell, of Mayflower stock, being a descendant of John Alden. 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in Portland, Maine. His father, Stephen Longfellow, was a Portland lawyer and congressman, and mother, Zilpah, was the daughter of General Peleg Wadsworth. He developed a fond for reading at a very young age.

Oliver Wendell Holmes


Oliver Wendell Holmes was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on August 29, 1809, to a well-established New England family. His father, Abiel Holmes, was a reverend in the First Congregational Church. His mother, Sarah Wendell, daughter of a Boston merchant, came from a long line of Dutch ancestors who settled in New England. Oliver was the fourth of five Holmes' children, with three older sisters and one younger brother. 

James R. Lowell

James R. Lowell came from a family of six kids. His father was Reverend Charles Russell Lowell, Sr. He was married to Maria White , who died along with three of their four kids.He often contemplated suicide writing to a friend that he thought "of my razors and my throat and that I am a fool and a coward not to end it all at once". He later remarried but continued to mourn the loss of his family.

John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier was born to John Whittier and Abigail Hussey at their rural homestead near Haverhill, Massachusetts on December 17, 1807. He grew up on the farm in a household with his parents, a brother and two sisters, a maternal aunt and paternal uncle, and a constant flow of visitors and hired hands for the farm. He was introduced to poetry by his school teacher.