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John Greenleaf Whittier
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    (December 17, 1807-September 7, 1892)
    Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts
    Edited 'The National Philanthropist,' 'New England Weekly Review,' 'The Pennsylvania Freeman' and 'The National Era'
    Founding contributor to 'Atlantic Monthly' (1857)
    Best known poems were 'Barbara Frietchie' (1864) and 'Snow Bound' (1866)
    Namesake of Whittier, California
    After an unsuccessful campaign for US Congress, he suffered a nervous breakdown (1832).
    He considered Walt Whitman's 'Leaves of Grass' obscene and threw his copy into a fire.
    Encyclopedia Britannica noted that his poems were 'often marred by sentimentality, poor technique, or excessive preaching.'
    Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote, 'Whittier's book is poor stuff! I like the man, but have no high opinion either of his poetry or his prose.'

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