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"Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle." -- James Russell Lowell
James Russell Lowell (February 22, 1819 — August 12, 1891) was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets who rivaled the popularity of British poets. These poets usually used conventional forms and meters in their poetry, making them suitable for families entertaining at their fireside.

Lowell graduated from Harvard College in 1838, despite his reputation as a troublemaker, and went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School. He published his first collection of poetry in 1841 and married Maria White in 1844. He and his wife had several children, though only one survived past childhood. The couple soon became involved in the movement to abolish slavery, with Lowell using poetry to express his anti-slavery views and taking a job in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as the editor of an abolitionist newspaper. After moving back to Cambridge, Lowell was one of the founders of a journal called The Pioneer, which lasted only three issues. He gained notoriety in 1848 with the publication of A Fable for Critics, a book-length poem satirizing contemporary critics and poets. The same year, he published The Biglow Papers, which increased his fame. He would publish several other poetry collections and essay collections throughout his literary career.

Maria White died in 1853, and Lowell accepted a professorship of languages at Harvard in 1854. He traveled to Europe before officially assuming his role in 1856; he continued to teach there for twenty years. He married his second wife, Frances Dunlap, shortly thereafter in 1857. That year Lowell also became editor of The Atlantic Monthly. It was not until 20 years later that Lowell received his first political appointment: the ambassadorship to Spain and, later, to England. He spent his last years in Cambridge, in the same estate where he was born, where he also died in 1891.

Lowell believed that the poet played an important role as a prophet and critic of society. He used poetry for reform, particularly in abolitionism. However, Lowell's commitment to the anti-slavery cause wavered over the years, as did his opinion on African-Americans. Lowell attempted to emulate the true Yankee accent in the dialogue of his characters, particularly in The Biglow Papers. This depiction of the dialect, as well as Lowell's many satires, were an inspiration to writers like Mark Twain and H. L. Mencken.

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Total Books: 955
The Early Poems of James Russell Lowell
2017 - The Early Poems of James Russell Lowell (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780649761135
ISBN-10: 0649761138
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Poems of James Russell Lowell
2017 - Poems of James Russell Lowell (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781975991128
ISBN-10: 1975991125
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Poems of James Russell Lowell  With Biographical Sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole
Letters of James Russell Lowell Vol 1 of 3
2016 - Letters of James Russell Lowell Vol 1 of 3 [Classic Reprint] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781333507695
ISBN-10: 1333507690
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Early Poems of James Russell Lowell With Biographical Sketch
Poems of James Russell Lowell With Biographical Sketch by Nathan Haskell Dole - Primary Source Edition
Among My Books First Series
2011 - Among My Books First Series (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9783842433830
ISBN-10: 3842433832
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Proceedings at the centennial celebration of Concord fight April 19 1875
2010 - Proceedings at the Centennial Celebration of Concord Fight April 19 1875 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781177164627
ISBN-10: 1177164620
Genre: History
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The Biglow papers
2010 - The Biglow Papers (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781176561281
ISBN-10: 1176561286
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction
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The Gettysburg speech and other papers
2010 - The Gettysburg Speech and Other Papers (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781176630338
ISBN-10: 1176630334
Genre: History
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Melibus-Hipponax The Biglow Papers Second Series
2010 - Melibus-hipponax the Biglow Papers Second Series (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781150225314
ISBN-10: 1150225319
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The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe Volume 3
2010 - The Works of the Late Edgar Allan Poe Volume 3 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781149175248
ISBN-10: 1149175249
Genre: History
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The North American Review Volume 46
2010 - The North American Review Volume 46 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143912580
ISBN-10: 1143912586
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The North American Review
2010 - The North American Review (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781143319839
ISBN-10: 1143319834
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The North American Review Volume 93
2010 - The North American Review Volume 93 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143370588
ISBN-10: 1143370589
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Literary and Political Addresses
2010 - Literary and Political Addresses [Volume 6] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780217506908
ISBN-10: 0217506909
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The Old English Dramatists
2010 - The Old English Dramatists (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781143335297
ISBN-10: 1143335295
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
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The North American Review Volume 34
2010 - The North American Review Volume 34 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143335358
ISBN-10: 114333535X
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The North American Review Volumes 267-268
2010 - The North American Review Volumes 267-268 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143564864
ISBN-10: 1143564863
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The Vision of Sir Launfal And Other Poems
2010 - The VIsion of Sir Launfal and Other Poems (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781143599293
ISBN-10: 1143599292
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The North American Review Volume 131
2010 - The North American Review Volume 131 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143642111
ISBN-10: 1143642112
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2010 - Writings [Volume 1] (Paperback)
2010 - Literary Essays [Volume 6] (Paperback)
2010 - Anti-slavery Papers [Volume 1] (Paperback)
2009 - Dante (Paperback)Paperback
2009 - Gems From Lowell [1904] (Paperback)
2009 - Abraham Lincoln By James Russell Lowell [World Cultural Heritage Library] (Paperback)
Bigelow Papers [Riverside Aldine Series] (Hardcover)
Poetry Class Poem [Notable American Authors] (Other)
A Years Life [Notable American Authors] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
Poems 2d Series [Notable American Authors] (Other)
Last Poems [Notable American Authors] (Other)
Four Poems [Notable American Authors] (Other)
Letters [Notable American Authors] (Other)
New Letters [Notable American Authors] (Other)
The Complete Poetical Works [Bcl1-Ps American Literature] (Hardcover)