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Charles Dudley Warner

Charles Dudley WarnerBorn: 12-Sep-1829
Birthplace: Plainfield, MA
Died: 20-Oct-1900
Location of death: Hartford, CT
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Harper's editorialist

The American essayist and novelist Charles Dudley Warner was born of Puritan ancestry, in Plainfield, Massachusetts, on the 12th of September 1829. From his sixth to his fourteenth year he lived in Charlemont, MA, the scene of the experiences pictured in his delightful study of childhood, Being a Boy (1877). He removed thence to Cazenovia, New York, and in 1851 graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, NY. He worked with a surveying party in Missouri; studied law at the University of Pennsylvania; practiced in Chicago (1856-60); was assistant editor (1860) and editor (1861-7) of The Hartford Press, and after The Press was merged into The Hartford Courant, was co-editor with Joseph R. Hawley; in 1884 he joined the editorial staff of Harper's Magazine, for which he conducted "The Editor's Drawer" until 1892, when he took charge of "The Editor's Study." He died in Hartford on the 20th of October 1900. He travelled widely, lectured frequently, and was actively interested in prison reform, city park supervision and other movements for the public good. He was the first president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, and, at the time of his death, was president of the American Social Science Association. He first attracted attention by the reflective sketches entitled My Summer in a Garden (1870; first published in The Hartford Courant), popular for their abounding and refined humor and mellow personal charm, their wholesome love of outdoor things, their suggestive comment on life and affairs, and their delicately finished style, qualities that suggest the work of Washington Irving.

    University: Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (1851)

    The Hartford Courant Co-Editor (1861-84)
    Harper's Editorial staff (1884-92)

Author of books:
Saunterings (1872, travelogue)
Back-Log Studies (1872)
The Gilded Age (1873, novel, with Mark Twain)
Baddeck, and That Sort of Thing (1874, travelogue)
My Winter on the Nile (1876, travelogue)
In the Levant (1876, travelogue)
Being a Boy (1877, memoir)
In the Wilderness (1878, travelogue)
A Roundabout Journey, in Europe (1883, travelogue)
Their Pilgrimage (1886, novel)
On Horseback, in the Southern States (1888, travelogue)
A Little Journey in the World (1889, novel)
Studies in the South and West, with Comments on Canada (1889, travelogue)
That Fortune (1889, novel)
Our Italy, southern California (1891, travelogue)
As We Were Saying (1891, essays)
As We Go (1893, essays)
The Golden House (1894, novel)
The Relation of Literature to Life (1896, nonfiction)
The People for Whom Shakespeare Wrote (1897, nonfiction)
Fashions in Literature (1902, nonfiction)


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