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Grenville Mellen

Maine & New York

Evert A. & George L. Duyckinck, The Cyclopedia of American Literature 63
(Philadelphia: William Rutter & Co., 1880)(Vol. 2)

Grenville Mellen was born in Biddeford, Massachusetts on June 19, 1799 (in what is now Maine). He was the son of Prentiss Mellen, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and later chief justice of the Supreme Court of Maine. When he was syoung, his parents moved to Portland. Mellen took up his college studies at Harvard College and was class poet for his 1818 graduation class. He attended Harvard Law School for two years and then clerked in his father's law office. Upon admission to the Maine bar he practiced in Thomaston, and then moved to North Yarmouth where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882), eight years younger than Mellen, also lived. Mellen's poetry appeared in various magazines and periodicals of his day. After the death of his daughter, Mellen moved to Boston, but returned to Maine where he served for a short period as editor of the Portland Advertiser. In 1830, he delivered the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa poem, "The Age of Print." He co-edited the Monthly Miscellany and continued his writing. He also lived a short time in New York, then made a voyage to Cuba, but he was in ill-health and died in New York on September 5, 1841.

[Source: Evert A. & George L. Duyckinck, 2 The Cyclopedia of American Literature (Philadelphia: William Rutter & Co., 1880)] [See also, Edmund Clarence Stedman (ed.), An American Anthology 1787-1899 809 (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1900)(brief entry) ]

Grenville Mellen
National Cyclopaedia of American Biography 245
(New York: James T. White & Co., 1897)(vol. 7)

Grenville Mellen
Specimens of American Poetry


The Lonely Bugle Grieves
from an"Ode on the Celebration of the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1825"


Grenville Mellen, Ode for the Celebration of the Battle of Bunker-Hill at the laying of the monumental stone, June 17,1825 (Boston: Cummings, Hilliard, 1825)

_____________, The Rest of the Nations: A Poem (Portland [Maine]: Hill, Edwards & Co., printers, 1826) [online text]

_____________, Our Chronicle of '26: A Satirical Poem (Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1827)

_____________, The Age of Print: A Poem, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, at Cambridge, 26 August, 1830 (Boston, Carter and Hendee, 1830) [online text]

____________, Ode ([Portland, Maine: Shirley, Hyde & co., 1830])

____________, The Martyr's Triumph: Buried Valley; and Other Poems (Lilly, Wait, Colman, and Holden, 1833)

____________, Poem Pronounced at New Haven, before the Society of Phi Beta Kappa, August 20, 1839 (New Haven?: [s.n.], 1839) [online text]

_____________, Our Chronicle of '26: A Satirical Poem (Boston: Wells and Lilly, 1827)

_____________, The Martyr's Triumph; Buried Valley and Other Poems (Boston: Lilly, Wait, Colman, and Holden, 1833)


Grenville Mellen, Sad Tales and Glad Tales (Boston: S.G. Goodrich, 1828) [online text]

____________, A Book of the United States: exhibiting its geography, divisions, constitution and government ... and presenting a view of the republic generally, and of the individual states; together with a condensed history of the land, from its first discovery to the present time. The biography ... of the leading men; a description of the principal cities and towns; with statistical tables (New York: H.F. Sumner & Co., 1840)(Hartford: H.F. Sumher, 1843) [online text]


Grenville Mellen, An Address delivered before the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, for the benefit of the Apprentices Library, Thursday evening, 8th Nov. 1821 (Portland [Maine]: Printed at the Argus Office by T. Todd & Co., 1821)

_____________, Address, delivered before the citizens of North-Yarmouth : on the anniversary of American independence : July 4, 1825 (Portland [Maine]: Printed by D. & S. Paine, 1825)

Research Resources

Mellen Letter & Poem
Rare Books and Manuscripts, University Libraries
Pennsylvania State University

Mellen letters in the George Washington Lay Papers
Manuscript Division, Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.