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Joseph Brownlee Brown

( 1824-1888)
South Carolina

"Brown, Joseph Brownlee, poet and educator, was born in Charleston, S.C., October 4, 1824, and died in Brooklyn, N.Y., October 21, 1888. He studied law but the greater part of his life was devoted to teaching, and at leisure intervals he contributed to the periodicals. He was an accomplished scholar, and besides translating 'Homer's Iliad' into hexameter verse he wrote a number of rare poems, one of which 'Thalatta! Thalatta!' is preserved in Wauchope's 'Writers of South Carolina' (Columbia, The State Company, 1909)." [Edwin Anderson Alderman & Joel Chandler Harris (eds.), Library of Southern Literature 55 (New Orleans: Martin & Hoyt Co., 1910)(1907)(Vol. 15, Biographical Dictionary of Southern Authors, 1929, Lucian Lamar Knight ed.)]

Brown was educated at Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 1845. "He spent several years in Europe, acquired a thorough knowledge of modern languages, art and philosophy . . . ." [George Armstrong Wauchope, The Writers of South Carolina: With a Critical Introduction, Biographical Sketches, and Selections in Prose and Verse 96 (Columbia, South Carolina: The State Co., Publishers, 1910)][The Writers of South Carolina]

"Charleston in 1780"

Source: Benson J. Lossing, The Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution
(New York: Harper & Brothers, 1851)

[Used with permission of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology]


"Thalatta Thalatta": Cry of the Ten Thousand