A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature is a collection of biographies of writers by John William Cousin (1849–1910), published in 1910. Most of the entries consist of only one paragraph but some entries, like William Shakespeare's, are quite lengthy.
The book was the 5,000th e-book provided by the Distributed Proofreaders project to Project Gutenberg, where it was released on August 21, 2004.
Rev Robert Blair was a Scottish poet. His fame rests upon his poem The Grave, which in a later printing was illustrated by William Blake.
Thomas Lovell Beddoes was an English poet, dramatist and physician.
Alfred Ainger was an English biographer and critic.
William Browne was an English pastoral poet, born at Tavistock, Devon, and educated at Exeter College, Oxford; subsequently he entered the Inner Temple.
George Lillie Craik (1798–1866) was a Scottish writer and literary critic.
Sir Francis Hastings Charles Doyle, 2nd Baronet was a British poet.
Whitwell Elwin was an English clergyman, critic and editor of the Quarterly Review.
Edward Fairfax was an English translator. He translated Torquato Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered. He also wrote an original work on demonology.
William Falconer was a Scottish epic poet concerned mainly with life at sea. He also compiled a dictionary of maritime terms.
Ebenezer Jones wrote a good deal of poetry of very unequal merit, but at his best shows a true poetic vein. He was befriended by Browning and Rossetti.
George Alfred Lawrence was a British novelist and barrister.
Robert Paltock was an English novelist and attorney. His most famous work is The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man (1751).
Sir William Smith was an English lexicographer. He became known for his advances in the teaching of Greek and Latin in schools.
Gilbert Abbott à Beckett was an English humorist.
John Arthur Blaikie was an English poet and journalist, born in Poplar, Middlesex, and died in Kensington.
Thomas Seccombe (1866–1923) was a miscellaneous English writer and, from 1891 to 1901, assistant editor of the Dictionary of National Biography, in which he wrote over 700 entries. A son of physician and episcopus vagans John Thomas Seccombe, he was educated at Felsted and Balliol College, Oxford, taking a first in Modern History in 1889.
David Hay Fleming, LL.D. (1849–1931) was a Scottish historian and antiquary.
John Wesley Hales, was a British scholar and man of letters.
John Edward Bloundelle-Burton was an English novelist. Having worked as a journalist for The London Standard, he began writing novels in 1885, publishing 60 works in total.
John William Cousin (1849–1910) was a British writer, editor and biographer. He was one of six children born to William and Anne Ross Cousin, his mother being a noted hymn-writer, in Scotland. A fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries and secretary of the Actuarial Society of Edinburgh, he revised and wrote the introduction for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline in 1907.