The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907–21).
VOLUME XV. Colonial and Revolutionary Literature; Early National Literature, Part I.

III. Early Essayists


Clark, Lewis Gaylord. (1810–1873.) Knick–Knacks from an Editor’s Table. 1853.

Clark, Willis Gaylord. (1810–1841.) Literary Remains. 1844.

Cox, William. (?–1851?) Crayon Sketches. By an Amateur. Ed. Fay, T.S. 2 vols. 1833.

Crafts, William. (1787–1826.) A Selection in Prose and Poetry, from the Miscellaneous Writings of the late William Crafts. [With a Memoir by Gilman, Samuel.] Charleston, 1828.

Dana, Richard Henry. (1787–1879.) The Idle Man. 1821–2. [Six numbers.]

—— Poems and Prose Writings. Philadelphia and Boston, 1833.
See also Bibliography to Book II, Chap. v.

Dennie, Joseph. (1768–1812.) The Lay Preacher; or Short Sermons, for Idle Readers. Walpole, N. H., 1796.

—— The Spirit of the Farmer’s Museum and Lay Preacher’s Gazette. Walpole, N. H., 1801.

—— The Lay Preacher. Collected and arranged by John E. Hall. Philadelphia, 1817.

Dennie, Joseph. New and Original Essays by Joseph Dennie. Philadelphia, 1818. [Only one issue known.]

Ellis, H. M. Joseph Dennie and His Circle. Austin, Texas, 1915.

Elder, William. (1806–1885.) Periscopics; or, Current Subjects Extemporaneously Treated. 1854. Reprinted with additions as The Enchanted Beauty. 1855.

Fay, Theodore Sedgwick. (1807–1898.) Dreams and Reveries of a Quiet Man. By one of the Editors of the New York Mirror. 2 vols. 1832.

Goodrich, Samuel Griswold. (1793–1863.) Sketches from a Student’s Window. Boston, 1841.

Greenwood, Francis William Pitt. (1797–1843.) The Miscellaneous Writings of F. W. P. Greenwood. Boston, 1846.

Hoffman, David. (1784–1854.) Miscellaneous Thoughts on Men, Manners, and Things. By Anthony Grumbler of Grumbleton Hall, Esquire. Boston, 1837.

—— Viator; or, a Peep into my Note Book. Boston, 1841.

Jones, William Alfred. (1817–1900.) The Analyst: A Collection of Miscellaneous Papers. 1840.

—— Literary Studies: a Collection of Miscellaneous Essays. 1847.

—— Essays upon Authors and Books. 1849.

—— Characters and Criticisms. 2 vols. 1857.

Knapp, Samuel Lorenzo. (1783–1838.) Letters of Shahcoolen, a Hindu Philosopher, residing in Philadelphia; to his friend El Hassan, an Inhabitant of Delhi. [Anon.] Boston, 1802.

—— Extracts of a Journal of Travels in North America, consisting of an account of Boston and its vicinity. By Ali Bey. Boston, 1818. [A burlesque imitation of Travels of Ali Bey (pseudonym for Domingo Badia y Leblich) in Morocco.… 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1816.]

Legarè, Hugh Swinton. (1797–1843.) The Writings of H. S. Legarè. 2 vols. Charleston, 1846.

Mansfield, Lewis William. (1816–?) Up–Country Letters: Edited by Prof. B——. 1852.

—— [With S. H. Hammond.] Country Margins and Rambles of a Journalist. 1855.

Murray, Judith Sargent. (1751–1820.) The Gleaner. A Miscellaneous Production. By Constantia. 3 vols. Boston. Feb., 1798.

Noah, Mordecai Manuel. (1785–1851.) Gleanings from a Gathered Harvest. 1845.
See also Bibliography to Book II, Chap. II.

Paulding, James Kirke. (1778–1860.) Salmagundi; or, the Whim–whams and Opinions of Launcelot Langstaff, Esq., and Others. 2 vols. 1807. [With Washington Irving, etc.]

—— The Diverting History of John Bull and Brother Jonathan. 1812.

—— The United States and England. Philadelphia and New York, 1815.

—— Letters from the South. 2 vols. 1817.

—— Salmagundi. Second Series. 2 vols. 1820.

—— A Sketch of Old England, by a New England Man. 2 vols. 1822.

—— John Bull in America; or, the New Munchausen. 1825.

—— The Merry Tales of the Three Wise Men of Gotham. 1826.

—— The New Mirror for Travellers; and Guide to the Springs. By an Amateur. 1828.

—— Tales of the Good Woman. 1829.

Early Essayists

Paulding, James Kirke. Chronicles of the City of Gotham. 1830.

—— The Book of Saint Nicholas. 1837. Title–page dated 1836. See also Bibliographies to Book II, Chaps. I, V, VII.

Sands, Robert Charles. (1799–1832.) The Writings of Robert C. Sands, in Prose and Verse. [With a Memoir by Verplanck, G. C.] 2 vols. 1834.

Sigourney, Lydia Huntley. (1791–1865.) Past Meridian. New York and Boston, 1854.

Tuckerman, Henry Theodore. (1813–1871.) The Italian Sketch Book. Philadelphia, 1835.

—— Isabel: or, Sicily, a Pilgrimage. Philadelphia, 1839.

—— Rambles and Reveries. 1841.

—— Thoughts on the Poets. 1846.

—— Characteristics of Literature, illustrated by the genius of distinguished men. Philadelphia, 1849. Second Series, 1851.

—— The Optimist: a Series of Essays. 1850.

—— Mental Portraits; or, Studies of Character. London, 1853.

—— A Month in England. 1853.

—— Essays, Biographical and Critical; or, Studies of Character. Boston, 1857.

—— The Criterion; or, The Test of Talk about Familiar Things. 1866. Reprinted as The Collector, London, 1868.

—— Maga Papers about Paris. 1867.

Tudor, William. (1779–1830.) Miscellanies. By the Author of “Letters on the Eastern States.” Boston, 1821.

Tyler, Royall. (1757–1826.) The Spirit of the Farmer’s Museum and Lay Preacher’s Gazette. Walpole, N. H., 1801. See also Bibliographies to Book I, Chap. IX, and Book II, Chaps. II and VI.

Verplanck, Gulian Crommelin. (1786–1870.) Miscellanies first published under the name of the Talisman. By G. C. Verplanck, W. C. Bryant, and Robert C. Sands. 3 vols. 1833.

Wallace, Horace Binney. (1817–1852.) Literary Criticisms and Other Papers. Philadelphia, 1856.

Walsh, Robert. (1784–1859.) Didactics: Social, Literary, and Political. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1836.

Webster, Noah. (1758–1843.) The Prompter; or a Commentary on Common Sayings and Subjects, which are full of Common Sense, the best Sense in the World.… Boston, 1790.

—— Sentimental and Humorous essays, conductive to Economy and Happiness. Drawn from Common Sayings and Subjects, which are full of Common Sense. London, 1835. [Tewkesbury]. 1799. [A selection from The Prompter.]

Willis, Nathaniel Parker. (1806–1867.) Pencillings by the Way. 3 vols. London, 1835. First complete edition, New York, 1844.

—— Inkings of Adventure. 3 vols. London, 1836.

—— A l’Abri; or, The Tent Pitched. 1839. Reprinted as Letters from under a Bridge, London, 1840, and under the same title, New York, 1844.

—— Loiterings of Travel. 3 vols. London, 1840.

—— Dashes at Life with a Free Pencil. 1845.

—— Complete Works of N. P. Willis. 1846.

—— Rural Letters and Other Records of Thought at Leisure. 1849.

—— People I Have Met. 1850.

—— Life Here and There. 1850.

—— Hurrygraphs. 1851.

—— Summer Cruise in the Mediterranean. 1853.

—— Fun Jottings; or, Laughs I have taken a Pen to. 1853.

—— Health Trip to the Tropics. 1854.

—— Ephemera. 1854.

—— Famous Persons and Places. 1854.

—— Out Doors at Idlewild; or, The Shaping of a Home on the Banks of the Hudson. 1855.

—— The Rag Bag. A Collection of Ephemera. 1855.

—— The Convalescent. 1859. Beers, H. A. Nathaniel Parker Willis. Boston, 1885.

Wirt, William. (1772–1834.) Letters of a British Spy. Richmond, 1803.

—— The Rainbow: First Series. Originally published in the Richmond Enquirer. Richmond, 1804.

—— The Old Bachelor. 2 vols. Richmond, 1810. Kennedy, J. P. Memoirs … of William Wirt. Philadelphia, 1849.

Withington, Leonard. (1789–1885.) The Puritan: A Series of Essays, Critical, Moral, and Miscelleneous. By John Oldbug. 2 vols. Boston, 1836.