Strangers to Us All
Lawyers and Poetry

Henry Melvil Doak


—journalist & editor in Tennessee; student of Shakespeare

We learned of H.M. Doak's poetry from the appearance of his poem, "Lawyer and Clerk. A Wooden-Legged Ballad," that appeared in the The Green Bag (vol. 2, p. 440, 1890).

Doak was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academcy and served with the Confederate Navy during the Civil War. He was editor of the Nashville American, Cincinnati News and Memphis Avalanche. Doak also served as clerk of the District Court of the United States for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Doak's middle name is sometimes spelled, Melville.


Henry Melvil Doak, The Wagonouts Abroad. Two tours in the wild mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, made by three kegs, four Wagonouts, and a canteen. In two parts (Nashville, Tennessee: Southwestern Pub. Co., 1892) [The book is described on OCLC as 'Description and travel' -- North Carolina and Tennessee.]

Misc. Writings

H.M. Doak, Mr. Justice Jackson, 5 (5) The Green Bag 27 (1893)

_________, "Supernatural Soliciting" in Shakespeare, 15 Sewanee Review 321 (1907)

_________, The Ghost in Hamlet, 5 (57) Shakespeariana 389 (Sept., 1888)

_________, The Development of Education in Tennessee, 8 American Historical Magazine 76 (____)