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Henry Howard Brownell


"Henry H. Brownell was born in Providence, Rhode Island on Februrary 6, 1820 and grew up in East Hartford, Connecticut, where he died on October 31, 1872. Brownell's father, Pardon Brownell was a physician. He graduated from Washington College (now Trinity College), Hartford Connecticut in 1841, became a school teacher in Mobile, Alabama for a year and then returned to Connecticut where he took up the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1844. After a small inheritance came his way, Brownell gave up the law to write poetry. Kunitz & Haycraft note that

He never took the law seriously [and] soon gravitated into literary pursuits. He and his brother were obscure hack writers when the Civil War changed Henry Brownell's whole career. Admiral Farragut, struck by a rhymed versionof his orders published in the Hartford Evening Press, looked up the writer and had him appointed master mate in the navy, then ensign and his own secretary. Brownell's war poems became famous; Oliver Wendell Holmes called him "our battle laureate."

[Sources: Thos. W. Herringshaw (ed.), Local and National Poets of America 898 (Chicago: American Publishers' Association, 1890); Stanley J. Kunitz & Howard Haycraft (eds.), American Authors 1600-1900 110 (New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1938)] [See generally, Jonathan Veitch, "Henry Howard Brownell," in Eric L. Haralson (ed.), Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century 52-56 (New York: Routledge, 1998)]

Henry Howard Brownell
The New International Encyclopedia

Henry Howard Brownell


[The Burial of the Dane] [The Burial of the Dane] [The Sphinx] [The River-Fight]


Henry Howard Brownell, Poems (New York: D. Appleton, 1847)

___________________, Ephemeron, a poem (New York: D. Appleton, 1855)

___________________, Lyrics of a Day; or, Newspaper-Poetry (New York: Carleton, 1864)

__________________, War-lyrics and Other Poems (Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood, 1863)(Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1865) [online text] (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1866) [online text] [online text] (reprint—New York: Arno Press, 1972)

___________________, Lines of Battle and Other Poems (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1912)(Mark Antony De Wolfe Howe selection & introduction)


Henry Howard Brownell, The People's Book of Ancient and Modern History comprising the Old world; namely, the Jews, Assyria, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia, India, China, the Mahometans, Spain, Germany, France, England, Sweden and Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, etc. (Hartford: L. Stebbins, 1851)

___________________, The Discoverers, Pioneers, and Settlers of North and South America, From the Earliest Period (982) to the present time (Boston: H. Wentworth, 1852)(Cincinnati: Morse & Gordon, 1853; Hartford: Lucius Stebbins, 1853)(Boston: Horace Wentworth, 1853) [online text] (New York: American Subscription Publishing House, 1856)

___________________, The Eastern, or Old World, Embracing Ancient and Modern History (New York: American Subscription Pub. House, 1856)(1851)(New York: American Subscription Pub. House, 1857)(Toronto: Bostwick and Barnard, 1857)(New York: American Subscription House, 1859)(Hartford, Connecticut: Hurlbut, Williams & Company, 1862) [vol. 2: online text]

____________________, The People's Book of Ancient and Modern History: The old world, comprising an account of the foundation, progress, and decline of the most celebrated empires, states, and nations, from the earliest period to the present time . . . (Boston: H. Wentworth, 1853)(Hartford: L. Stebbins, 1854)

___________________, The Peoples Book of American History: Comprising the New World (Hartford: L. Stebbins, 1854)(Cincinnati, Ohio: M.R. Barnitz, 1855)

North and South America Illustrated: From its first discovery to the present administration, giving an account of the early discoveries by the Northmen, Spaniards, Portuguese, French, English, Dutch, etc., etc. . . . (Hartford: Hurlbut, Williams, 1863)(2 vols.)(v. 1. The Northmen in America. The Spaniards in America. The Portuguese in America. The Dutch in America. The French in America)(v. 2. The English in America)

___________________, The New World. Embracing American History, comprising an account of the discovery of North and South America ... and the erection of independent states to the present time / Vol. I (Boston: Dayton and Wentworth, 1855)(New York: G. Bill, 1856)(Social Circle, Georgia: Published at the American Subscription House, for E. Nebhut & Brother, 1858)(New York: Published by Bill & Brother, 1857)(New York: American Subscription House, 1859)

___________________, The New World. Embracing American History / Vol. II (Boston: Dayton and Wentworth, 1855)(Cincinnati, Ohio: Mack R. Barnitz, 1855)(New York: G. Bill, 1856)(Cincinnati, Ohio: M.R. Barnitz, 1856)(New York: G. and F. Bill, 1857)

[The New World: Embracing American History (Hartford: Hurlbut, Kellogg, American Subscription Pub. House, 1862)(1860)(2 vols.)] [vol. 1: online text]

___________________, The Old World: Embracing Ancient and Modern History (New York: Dayton and Wentworth, 1855)

___________________, The Pioneer Heroes of the New World: From the Earliest Period (982) to the Present Time (New York: Dayton and Wentworth, 1855)(Cincinnati, Ohio: Mack R. Barnitz, 1856)(Boston: Milton F. Hewes & Co., 1856)(Boston: Milton F. Hewes & Co., 1857)(Cincinnati, Ohio: Mack R. Barnitz, 1859)(Cincinnati: M.R. Barnitz, 1860)

___________________, North and South America Illustrated (Baltimore, Maryland: James S. Waters, 1859)(Hartford: Hurlburt Williams & Co., 1863)(2 vols.) [vol. 2: online text]

___________________, The English in America from the First English Discoveries to the Present Day (Hartford, Connecticut: Hurlbut, Kellogg, 1861)(Hartford, Connecticut: Hurlbut, Williams, 1862)