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John Jay Chapman


John Jay Chapman was born March 2, 1862, in New York City. He died November 4, 1933. Chapman entered Harvard University Law School in 1885, after attending Harvard College (1880-1884). He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1888. There is mention, in the biographies, of Chapman practicing law, but little is said of this part of his life, and he seems to have abandoned the profession without great ado. Chapman was, more than he was ever a lawyer, an essayist, poet, dramatist, critic, and translator.

John Jay Chapman
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John Jay Chapman

John Jay Chapman


Ode on the Sailing of Our Troops for France


John Jay Chapman, Two Philosophers a Quaint, Sad Comedy (Boston: J.G. Gupples, 1892) [online text]

______________, Songs and Poems (New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1919) [online text]


John Jay Chapman, Causes and Consequences (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1898) [online text] (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1967)(Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Literature House, 1970)

______________, Emerson, and Other Essays (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1898) [online text] (London: D. Nutt, 1898)(New York: AMS Press, 1965)(New York: AMS Press, 1969)

______________, Government and Democracy, and Other Essays (London: Nutt, 1898)

______________, Practical Agitation (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1900) [online text] (New York: Moffat, Yard & Co., 1909)(New York: Johnson Reprint Corp., 1970)

______________, Four Plays for Children (New York: Moffat, Yard & Company, 1908)

______________, The Maid's Forgiveness: A Play (New York: Moffat, Yard & Co., 1908) [online text]

______________, A Sausage from Bologna; a Comedy in four acts (New York: Moffat, Yard & Co., 1909) [online text]

______________, Learning and Other Essays (New York: Moffat, Yard and Company, 1910) [online text] (Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1968)

______________, The Treason and Death of Benedict Arnold, a play for a Greek Theatre (New York: Moffat, Yard & Co., 1910)

______________, Neptune's Isle and Other Plays for Children (New York: Moffat, Yard, 1911) [online text] (New York: Moffat, Yard, 1916)

______________, William Lloyd Garrison (New York: Moffat, Yard and Co., 1913)(Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1913)(Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1921) [online text] (New York: Beekman Publishers, 1974)

______________, Deutschland über alles; or, Germany Speaks: A Collection of the Utterances of Representative Germans—Statesmen, Military Leaders, Scholars, and Poets—in defence of the war policies of the Fatherland (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1914)

______________, Homeric Scenes: Hector's Farewell, and The Wrath of Achilles (New York: L.J. Gomme, 1914) [online text]

______________, Greek Genius and Other Essays (New York: Moffat, Yard & Co., 1915) [online text] (New York: Library Press, 1915)(Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1967)(Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press 1969)

______________, Memories and Milestones (New York: Moffat, Yard and Co., 1915) [online text] (New York: L.J. Gromme, 1916)

______________, Notes on Religion (New York: Lawrence J. Gromme, 1915) [online text]

______________, Cupid and Psyche (New York: Laurence J. Gomme, 1916) [online text]

______________, A Glance towards Shakespeare (Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1922) [online text] (Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1970)

______________, Letters and Religion (Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1924)(Boston: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1971)

______________, Lucian, Plato and Greek Morals (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1931)(Oxford, England: Blackwell, 1931)

______________, New Horizons in American Life (New York: Columbia University Press, 1932)

______________, The Selected Writings of John Jay Chapman (New York: Farrar, Straus and Cudahy, 1957)(Jacques Barzun introd.)(New York: Doubleday, 1959)(New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1968)([New York]: Minerva Press, 1968)

______________, The Collected Works of John Jay Chapman (Weston, Massachusetts: M & S Press, 1970)


Victor Emmanuel Chapman, Victor Chapman's Letters from France, with Memoir (New York: The Macmillan Co., 1917) [online text]


Dante (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1927)(John Jay Chapman trans.)

Two Greek Olays, the Philoctetes of Sophocles and the Medea of Euripides (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1928)(John Jay Chapman trans.)

The Antigone of Sophocles (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1930)(John Jay Chapman trans.)


Melvin H. Bernstein, John Jay Chapman (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1964)

Richard B. Hovey, John Jay Chapman: An American Mind (New York: Columbia University Press, 1959)

M. A. De Wolfe Howe, John Jay Chapman and His Letters (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1937)

Richard Stone (ed.), Unbought Spirit: A John Jay Chapman Reader (Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press, 1998)