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Edwin Clifford Holland

South Carolina

Edwin Clifford Holland was born in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1793 and died in Charleston on September 11, 1824. He was a lawyer, poet, and essayist, noted for his satirical writings and for editing the Charleston Times.

Holland receives brief mention in Narrative of James Williams, an American Slave, Who Was for Several Years a Driver on a Cotton Plantation in Alabama but no autobiographical information is provided other than the fact that he was a slave-holder. There is a brief reference to a Holland statement in Slavery, Revolution, and the American Renaissance. Two of Holland's writings, "The Pillar of Glory" and "Rise Columbia" (attributed to an 1813 publication date) appear in Samuel Kettell, 2 Specimens of American Poetry, with Critical and Biographical Notices 328-330 (New York: Benjamin Blom, 1967)(1829)(3 vols.). "The Pillar of Glory" is quoted in Cooper and the Literary Discovery of the Sea.

In A Catalogue of Books Belonging to The Lower Hall of the Central Department, in the Classes of History, Biography, and Travel, including the Histories of Literture, Art, Sects, Etc., Politics, Georgray, Voyages, Sketches, and Manners and Customs, together With Notes for Readers Under Subject-References 133 (Boston: Issued by the Library. rockwell and Churchhill, City Printers, 1878), Holland is listed as an "American lawyer, post, and essayist" born in 1793, who died in 1824.

Edwin Clifford Holland
Appleton's Encyclopedia


Edwin C. Holland, Odes, Naval Songs, and Other Occasional Poems, Never Before Published (Charleston, South Carolina: Printed for the author, by J. Hoff, 1813)


Edwin C. Holland, The Corsair: A Melo-drama, in Four Acts: Collected and Arranged for the Stage from Lord Byron's Poem (Charleston [S.C.]: Printed for the author by A.E. Miller, 1818)

______________, A Refutation of the Calumnies Circulated Against the Southern Western States By a South Carolinian (Charleston [S.C.]: Printed by A. E. Miller, 1822)