JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER by John A. Pollard

JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A long, scholarly and minutely detailed life of the great abolitionist poet, written with love and appreciation, but without style or charm. It manages to convey a likeable picture of the quiet Quaker who fought so valiantly and so undeviatingly for the cause of freedom. The text portrays his integrity, simplicity, forthrightness -- and is deeply sympathetic with his ""liberal"" views. The monolithic self-assurance of the last century must strike most modern readers as something both enviable and naive. While not brilliant, this is definitely one of the broader biographies of the year.

Pub Date: Sept. 7th, 1949
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin