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Henry Augustin Beers

New York & Connecticut

Henry A. Beers was born, July 2, 1847 at Buffalo, New York. He attended Yale University, where he obtained his B.A. degree in 1869, studied law in New York and was admitted to the New York state bar in 1870. He was a tutor of English literature (1871-1874) and then became a professor of English at Yale University, a position he held from 1875 until 1916 when he became professor emeritus. Beers died September 7, 1926 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Beers taught English literature for more than forty years, a far more sustained effort than his single year in the practice of law, which he undertook before he began his teaching career.

[Source: "Beers, Henry A(ugustin) 1847-1926," in Scot Peacok (ed.), Contemporary Authors 52-54 (Detroit: Gale, 2003Gale Virtual Reference Library][vol.209]


Henry A. Beers, Odds and Ends: Verses, Humorous, Occasional, and Miscellaneous (Boston: Houghton, Osgood and Company, 1878) [online text]

____________, The Thankless Muse (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1885) [online text]

____________, The Ways of Yale in the Consulship of Plancus (New York: Henry Holt and Co., New and Further Enlarged ed., 1910)(1895) [online text]

____________, The Two Twilights (Boston: R.G. Bader, 1917) [online text]

____________, Poems (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1921) [online text]


Henry A. Beers, A Century of American Literature, 1776-1876 (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1877)(New York: H. Holt, 1878) [online text]

____________, Readings from Ruskin: Italy (Boston: Chautauqua, 1885)(Boston: Educational Pub. Co., 1889)

____________, Prose Writings of Nathaniel Parker Willis (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1885)(New York: AMS Press, 1970)(New York: Scribner's, 1980)

____________, Nathaniel Parker Willis (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1885) [online text] (1892)(1893)(1899)

____________, An Outline Sketch of English Literature (New York: Chautauqua Press, 1886) [online text]

____________, An Outline Sketch of American Literature (New York: Chautauqua Press, 1887) [online text] ( New York: Hunt & Eaton 1887)(New York: Hunt & Eaton, 1893)

____________, From Chaucer to Tennyson, English literature in Eight Chapters (New York: Chautauqua Press, 1890) [online text]

____________, Initial Studies in American Letters (New York: Chautauqua Press, 1891) [online text] (Meadville, Pennsylvania: Flood and Vincent, 1895)(New York: Chautauqua Press, 1899)

____________, Selections from the Prose Writings of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (New York: H. Holt and Company, 1893) [online text] (New York: Holt, 1908)

____________, From Chaucer to Tennyson, with Twenty-nine Portraits and Selections from Thirty Authors (Meadville, Pennsylvania: Flood and Vincent, 1894) [online text] (New York: Grosset & Dunlap 1898)(Meadville, Pennsylvania: Flood and Vincent, 1898) [online text] (New York: Macmillan, 1899)(New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1906)([Folcroft, Pennsylvania: Folcroft Press], 1971)

____________, A Suburban Pastoral, and Other Tales (New York: Holt, 1894) [online text]

____________, Studies in American Letters (Philadelphia: G.W. Jacobs, 1895) [online text]

____________, Initial Studies in American Letters (New York: Chautauqua Press, 1895) [online text] ([Folcroft, Pennsylvania]: Folcroft Library Editions, 1971)

____________, The Ways of Yale in the Counselship of Plancus (New York: Henry Holt, 1895) [online text] (New York: Holt, 1903)(New York: Henry Holt, 1910)(New Haven: Yale University Press, 1920)(New Haven: Yale University Press, 1923)

____________, Brief History of English and American Literature (New York, Cincinnati: Eaton & Mains; Curts & Jennings, 1897)

____________, A History of English Romanticism in the Nineteenth century (New York: H. Holt and Company, 1898)(New York: H. Holt and Company, 1899)(London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1899)(New York: H. Holt and Company, 1901) [online text] (New York: Gordian Press 1901)(London: Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1902)(New York: H. Holt, 1906)(New York: H. Holt, 1910)(New York: H. Holt and Company, 1916) [online text] (New York: H. Holt, 1918)(London: K. Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1926)(New York: H. Holt, 1929)( New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1932)(New York: Gordian Press, 1966)(New York: Dover Publications, 1968)

____________, Points at Issue and Some Other Points (New York: Macmillan Co., 1903)(New York: Macmillan Company, 1904) [online text] (New York: Macmillan Co., 1910)(Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press 1967)

____________, A Short History of American Literature (London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1906) [online text]

____________, Four Americans: Roosevelt, Hawthorne, Emerson, Whitman (New Haven: Pub. for the Yale review by the Yale University Press, 1919) [online text] (Folcroft, Pennsylvania: Folcroft Library Editions, 1971)

____________, The Connecticut Wits, and Other Essays (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1920) [online text] (New York: AMS Press, 1973)

____________, Bumblebee (New Preston, Connecticut: Bernhardt Wall, etcher, publisher, 1925)