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.
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.
John Asgill was an eccentric English writer and politician.
William Browne was an English pastoral poet, born at Tavistock, Devon, and educated at Exeter College, Oxford; subsequently he entered the Inner Temple.
Robert Carruthers (1799–1878) was a Scottish journalist and miscellaneous writer.
George Lillie Craik (1798–1866) was a Scottish writer and literary critic.
Maria Susanna Cummins was an American novelist. She was the author of the widely popular novel The Lamplighter.
Whitwell Elwin was an English clergyman, critic and editor of the Quarterly Review.
George Alfred Lawrence was a British novelist and barrister.
Sir Theodore Martin was a Scottish poet, biographer, and translator.
Henry Morley was an English academic who was one of the earliest professors of English literature in Great Britain. Morley wrote a popular book containing biographies of famous English writers.
Robert Paltock was an English novelist and attorney. His most famous work is The Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins, a Cornish Man (1751).
John Pomfret (1667–1702) was an English poet and clergyman.
Sir William Smith was an English lexicographer. He also made 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. He was educated at Felsted and Balliol College, Oxford, taking a first in Modern History in 1889.
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.
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