A Fable for Critics by James Russell Lowell

A FABLE FOR CRITICS

by James Russell Lowell

James Russell Lowell, c. 1894 engraving by J.A.J. Wilcox. From original crayon drawn by S.W. Rowse in 1855 and owned by Charles Eliot Norton. Image from the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. LC-USZ62-100831 (b&w film copy neg.)

James Russell Lowell, c. 1894 engraving by J.A.J. Wilcox. From original crayon drawn by S.W. Rowse in 1855 and owned by Charles Eliot Norton. Image from the Library of Congress, Washington, DC. LC-USZ62-100831
(b&w film copy neg.)

James Russell Lowell’s “A Fable for Critics” is a funny introduction to many of the nineteenth-century poets and writers. Since the entire poem is very long, we have divided it up into sections (linked below); famous authors mentioned are listed at the top of each section, so click on a name to jump directly to the material about that writer.

Introduction

Emerson to Bryant (Emerson, Carlyle, Alcott, Bryant)

Whittier to Cooper (Whittier, Dana, Hawthorne, Cooper)

Poe to Lowell (Poe, Irving, Holmes, Lowell)
[end of poem]

You may find some other interesting information about this poem at its Wikipedia page.

 Read the James Russell Lowell biography from the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica

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