RUSSELL LOWELL (February 22, 1819 – August 12, 1891) was an American Romantic poet,
critic and diplomat. He associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New
England writers. Lowell graduated from
Harvard College in 1838 and, despite his reputation as a troublemaker, 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. They became involved in the abolitionist
movement and Lowell used poetry to express his anti-slavery views. He took a job in Philadelphia as 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.
His wife died in 1853 and Lowell accepted a professorship at Harvard
teaching languages. He married Frances Dunlap in 1857, the same year he became editor
of The Atlantic Monthly. Twenty years later, he received his first political
appointment as Ambassador of Spain. He was later appointed ambassador to the
Court of St. James.
Lowell believed that the poet played an important role as a prophet and critic of society. His commitment to the anti-slavery cause wavered over the years, as did his opinion on African-Americans.
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