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

XXIV. Lowell


Cooke, G. W. A Bibliography of James Russell Lowell. Boston and New York, 1906.

Livingston, L. S. A Bibliography of the First Editions in Book Form of the Writings of James Russell Lowell compiled largely from the Collection formed by the late Jacob Chester Chamberlain. 1914. [Privately printed.] [Extra-ordinarily accurate.]

See, also, the following biographies cited below: Hale, E.E., Jr., Scudder, H.E., Underwood, F. H.


Riverside Ed., 10 vols., Boston and New York, 1890. Standard Library Ed., from same plates, Boston and New York, 1891. To this was added an 11th vol. in 1892, and the 2 vols. of Scudder’s Life in 1902. Popular Ed., 6 vols. Boston, 1892. Elmwood Ed., 16 vols., Boston, 1904. [Contains 4 vols. of Letters.] Autograph Ed., from same plates, Boston, 1904.

Of the numerous collected eds. of Lowell’s Poems the most important are: Blue and Gold Ed., Boston, 1858, 2 vols.; Complete Ed., Boston, 1869; New Revised Ed., Boston, 1877; Household Ed., Boston, 1895; Cambridge Ed., Boston and New York [1897], [ed. Scudder, H. E.; and the best ed. of the Poetical Works.] There are scores of vols. of selections.


Class Poem.… Cambridge, 1838. [Privately printed.]

A Year’s Life.… Boston, 1841.

Poems.… Cambridge, 1844 [1843]. 3 London eds., 1844.

Conversations on Some of the Old Poets.… Cambridge, 1845. London, 1845. Cambridge, 1846. 3d ed. enlarged, Philadelphia, 1893. New York, 1901.

Poems … Second Series. Cambridge and Boston, 1848 [1847]. London, 1848.

Reader! walk up at once (it will soon be too late) and buy at a perfectly ruinous rate A Fable for Critics; or Better—I like, as a thing that the reader’s first fancy may strike, an old fashioned title-page, such as presents a tabular view of the volume’s contents—A Glance At a Few of Our Literary Progenies (Mrs. Malaprop’s Word) From The Tub of Diogenes; That is, a Series of Jokes By a Wonderful Quiz, who accompanies himself with a rub-a-dub-dub, full of spirit and grace, on the top of the tub. Set forth in October, the 21st day, in the year ’48, By G. P. Putnam, Broadway. [This elaborate title-page varies slightly in later editions.] 5th ed., Boston, 1856. New York, 1891 [Oct., 1890]. Riverside Literature Series, No. M, Boston, n. d.

Melibœus-Hipponax. The Biglow Papers, Edited, With an Introduction, Notes, Glossary, and Copious Index, By Homer Wilbur, A. M., Pastor of the First Church in Jaalam, and (Prospective) Member of many Literary, Learned and Scientific Societies (for which see page v).… Cambridge and New York, 1848. 4th ed., Boston, 1857. London, 1859 [pirated ed.]. London. 1859 [ed. Hughes, T.].

The Vision of Sir Launfal.… Cambridge, 1848. 3d ed., Cambridge, 1850. 4th ed., Boston, 1851. Boston, 1866 [illustrated]. Numerous later eds., with other of Lowell’s poems. In raised letters for the use of the blind; Louisville, 1878; Boston, 1881. Many school eds. with notes.

Poems.… Boston, 1849. 2 vols. [A collected ed. with new poems.] London, 1851–52.

No. 16. The President’s Policy.… From the North American Review, [Philadelphia, 1864.] [The 16th of a series of pamphlets published by the Union League.]

Fireside Travels.… Boston, 1864. London and Cambridge [England]. 1864. Boston, 1885, 1897, 1899 [1898]. New York, 1906 [ed. Trent, W. P.], Oxford, 1915 [ed. Lucas, E. V.].

Ode Recited at the Commemoration of The Living and Dead Soldiers of Harvard University, July 21, 1865.… Cambridge, 1865. [Privately printed.]

Melibœus-Hipponax. The Biglow Papers. Second Series.… Boston, 1867 [1866]. Incomplete eds. had already been published: London, 1862, 1864, 1865; Montreal, 1866. Both First and Second Series in Yankee Drolleries. London, 1867. Both Series: London, 1877, 1880 [Preface by Hughes, T.]. Boston, 1885. London, 1886. Boston, 1891, 1894, 1896. London, 1898. Various parts of The Biglow Papers appeared separately.

Under the Willows and Other Poems.… Boston, 1869 [1868].

The Cathedral.… Boston, 1870 [1869]. With the Harvard Commemoration Ode, Boston, 1877.

Among My Books.… Boston, 1870. London, 1870.

My Study Windows.… Boston, 1871. London, 1871, 1874, 1887 [Introduction by Garnett, R.].

Among My Books. Second Series.… Boston, 1876. London, 1876.

Three Memorial Poems.… Boston, 1877 [1876].

Birmingham and Midland Institute. On Democracy: An Address Delivered in the Town Hall, Birmingham, On the 6th of October, 1884.… Birmingham, 1884.

Democracy and Other Addresses.… Cambridge, 1887 [1886]. London, 1887. [The title essay appeared in various forms, alone and with other papers.]

The Independent in Politics. An Address delivered before the Reform Club of New York, April 13, 1888. 1888. Another ed. the same year.

Political Essays.… Boston and New York, 1888. London, 1888.

Heartsease and Rue.… Boston and New York, 1888. London, 1888.

Latest Literary Essays and Addresses.… Boston and New York, 1891.

The Old English Dramatists.… Boston and New York, 1892. Boston, 1892.

Letters.… Edited by Charles Eliot Norton. 2 vols. 1894 [1893]. Enlarged ed., 3 vols., Boston, 1904.

Last Poems.… Boston and New York, 1895. [Ed. Norton, C. E.]

The Power of Sound, a Rhymed Lecture.… 1896. [Privately printed.]

Lectures on English Poets.… Cleveland, 1897. [Lectures before the Lowell Institute, reprinted from The Boston Daily Advertiser for Jan.–Feb., 1855.]

Impressions of Spain.… Compiled by Joseph B. Gilder. With an Introduction by A. A. Adee. Boston and New York, 1899.

Anti-Slavery Papers.… Boston and New York, 1902. 2 vols.

Early Prose Writings.… With a Prefatory Note by Dr. Hale, of Boston, and an Introduction by Walter Littlefield.… London and New York [1902].

Four Poems: The Ballad of the Stranger, King Retro, The Royal Pedigree, and A Dream I Had … (now first collected). Hingham [Mass.], 1906. [Privately printed.]

The Round Table. Boston, 1913. London, 1913. [Reprinted critical essays.]


In the case of the works of Keats, Dryden, Wordsworth, Shelley, Donne, and Marvell the biographical introduction was contributed or edited by Lowell and the text was printed under his care.

Harvardiana. Volume IV. Cambridge, 1838. [Lowell was one of the editors of this magazine in 1837.]

The Pioneer. A Literary and Critical Magazine. J. R. Lowell and R. Carter, Editors and Proprietors. Boston, 1843. [Published in Jan., Feb., and Mar., 1843.]

The Works of the late Edgar Allan Poe: With Notices of his Life and Genius. By N. P. Willis, J. R. Lowell, and R. W. Griswold. 2 vols. 1850 [1849].

The Poetical Works of John Keats. With a Life. Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, 1854.

The Poetical Works of John Dryden. Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, 1854.

The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, D. C. L., Poet Laureate, etc., etc. Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, 1854.

The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley. Edited by Mrs. Shelley. With a Memoir. Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, 1855.

The Poetical Works of Dr. John Donne. With a Memoir. Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, 1855.

Poems of Maria Lowell. Cambridge, 1855. [Privately printed.]

The Poetical Works of Andrew Marvell. With a Memoir of the Author. Boston and Cincinnati, 1857.

Il Pesceballo. Opera Seria: In un Atto, Musica del Mæstro Rossibelli-Donimosarti.… [The words by F. J. Child, the English version by Lowell.] [Boston, 1862.] [Privately printed.] Chicago, 1899.

The Harvard Book. A Series of Historical, Biographical, and Descriptive Sketches. By Various Authors. Illustrated. By F. O. Vaille and H. A. Clark. Cambridge, 1875. [Class Day, by Lowell.]

True Manliness. From the Writings of Thomas Hughes. Selected by F. E. Brown. With an Introduction by James Russell Lowell. Boston [1880].

Birmingham Health Lectures. Second Series. Preface by James Russell Lowell. Birmingham, 1883.

The History of the World’s Progress.… With an Introduction by Hon. James Russell Lowell.… Boston, 1888. [This is the 2d ed. The 1st ed. did not contain Lowell’s introduction.]

The Complete Angler, or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation, of Izaak Walton and Charles Cotton. With an Introduction by James Russell Lowell. Boston, 1889. Introduction also in Latest Literary Essays, 1891.

John Milton. Areopagitica. A Speech … for The Liberty of Unlicensed Printing, To the Parliament of England. With an Introduction by James Russell Lowell. 1890.

Poems. John Donne. From the Text of the Edition of 1633, revised by James Russell Lowell.… 1895.

This list does not include the numerous annuals, anthologies, etc., to which Lowell made slight contributions, nor the periodicals in which his work appeared.


Addresses. Lowell Commemoration in Architektenhaus, Berlin, February 19, 1897, by Alois Brandl, Hermann Grimm, and James Taft Hatfield. Berlin, 1897.

Bancroft, George. Our Ablest Critic. Literary World, 27 June, 1885.

Bartlett, D. W. James Russell Lowell. In Modern Agitators or Pen Portraits. 1855.

Beals, Susan B. Outline Studies in James Russell Lowell, his Poetry and Prose. Chicago, 1887.

Benton, Joel. Lowell’s Americanism. Century Magazine, Nov., 1891.

Bowen, Francis. The New Timon. North American Review, Apr., 1847.

—— Humorous and Satirical Poetry. North American, Jan., 1849.

Brandl, Alois. See Addresses.

Briggs, C. F. Journeys to Homes of American Authors. 1853.

Brown, Emma Elizabeth. Life of James Russell Lowell. Boston, 1887.

Cambridge Tribune. Lowell Memorial Number. 20 Feb., 1892. [Contains Articles by: Norton, Charles Eliot, Bates, Charlotte F., Chapman, F. L., Higginson, T. W., Peabody, A. P., Holmes, O. W., Brooks, Sarah Warner, Winter, W., Eliot, Charles W., Cranch, C. P., and McKenzie, A.]

Chadwick, John W. Lowell in his Letters. Forum, Mar., 1894.

—— Scudder’s Lowell. Nation, 28 Nov., 1901.

—— James Russell Lowell. Unitarian Review, Dec., 1891.

Cheney, John Vance. That Dome in Air: Thoughts on Poetry and the Poets. Chicago, 1895. [Lowell, pp. 61–99.]

Cortissoz, Royal. Some Writers of Good Letters. Century, Mar., 1897.

Critic. Special Lowell Numbers, 23 Feb. and 2 March, 1889.

Curtis, George W. James Russell Lowell: an Address. 1892. Reprinted in Orations and Addresses, 1894.

—— Mr. Lowell’s Birmingham Address. Harper’s Magazine, Mar. 1881.

Dennett, J. R. Lowell’s Essays. Nation, 21 Apr., 1870.

Edinburgh Review. James Russell Lowell. Jan., 1900.

—— The Writings of James Russell Lowell. Oct., 1891.

Farrar, F. W. An English Estimate of Lowell. Forum, Oct., 1891.

Felton, C. C. Lowell’s Poems. North American, Apr., 1844.

Flower, B. O. James Russell Lowell as a Poet of Freedom and Human Rights. Arena, Mar., 1909.

Foerster, N. Lowell as a Poet of Nature. Sewanee Review, Oct., 1917.

Giner de los Rios, Francisco. Boletin de la institucion libre de enseñanza, 31 Aug., 1891, p. 291.

Godkin, Edwin L. Mr. Lowell and the Irish. Nation, 25 May, 1882.

—— The Reasons why Mr. Lowell should be recalled. Nation, 1 June, 1882.

—— Mr. Lowell. Nation, 28 May, 1885.

Gordon, Lady Camilla. A Few Personal Reminiscences of James Russell Lowell. In Suffolk Tales and Other Stories, London, 1897.

Green, G. W. Mr. Lowell and the Irish-American Suspects. International Review, June, 1882.

Greenslet, Ferris. James Russell Lowell: His Life and Work. Boston, 1905.

Grimm, Hermann. See Addresses.

Hale, Edward Everett. James Russell Lowell and his Friends. Boston, 1898.

Hale, Edward Everett, Jr. James Russell Lowell. Boston, 1899.

Hallowell, Mrs. Anna D. An Episode in the Life of James Russell Lowell. Harper’s Weekly, 23 Apr., 1892.

Harper’s Weekly. Lowell and Howells. 25 Jan., 1902.

Hart, James M. James Russell Lowell. Pub. Mod. Lang. Ass., 1892. Vol. VII, No. 2.

Harte, Bret. A Few Words about Lowell. New Review, Sept., 1891.

Hatfield, James T. See Addresses.

Haweis, Hugh R. James Russell Lowell, Poet and Essayist. Gentleman’s Magazine, Oct., Nov., 1880.

—— American Humorists. London, 1882.

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. Lowell’s Closing Years in Cambridge. In Book and Heart, 1897.

—— Old Cambridge. 1899. [Last Chapter is on Lowell and includes several Letters.]

Hillard, G. S. A Year’s Life. North American, Apr., 1841.

Homes of American Authors. 1852.

Horwill, H. W. Lowell’s Influence in England. New England Magazine, Nov., 1902.

House, Edward H. A First Interview with Lowell. Harper’s Weekly, 3 Sept., 1892.

Howe, M. A. DeWolfe. Whittier and Lowell. Bookman, March, 1898.

Howells, W. D. A Personal Retrospect of James Russell Lowell. Scribner’s Magazine, Sept., 1900.

—— Studies of Lowell. In Literary Friends and Acquaintance, 1900.

Hudson, W. H. Lowell and his Poetry. London, 1911. [Many poems.]

Hughes, Thomas. Fable for Critics. Critic, 27 Mar., 1886.

James, Henry. James Russell Lowell. Atlantic Monthly, Jan., 1892.

—— Essays in London. 1893.

James, Henry. Warner’s Library World’s Best Literature, v. 16, 1897.

Jameson, J. F. Lowell and Public Affairs. Review of Reviews, Oct., 1891.

Keyser, L. S. Lowell and the Birds. New England Magazine, Nov., 1891.

Lawton, W. C. Our Fullest Throat of Song. Lippincott’s Magazine, Nov., 1895.

—— The New England Poets: A Study of Emerson, Hawthorne, Longfellow, Whittier, Lowell, Holmes. 1898.

Lockwood, Ferris. Mr. Lowell on Art Principles. Scribner’s, Feb., 1894.

Low, Sidney. Lowell in his Poetry. Fortnightly Review, Sept., 1891.

Lowell, Abbott L. Memoir of James Russell Lowell. In Proc. Mass. Hist. Soc., 2 series, v. XI, p. 75. Reprinted from the Proceedings of May and June, 1896. Cambridge, 1896.

Macarthur, H. Realism and Romance. 1897.

Mackie, A. Nature Knowledge in Modern Poetry. 1906.

Mead, E. D. Lowell’s Pioneer. New England Magazine, Oct., 1891.

Means, D. MacG. Lowell the Patriot. Nation, 20 Aug., 1891.

Merrill, G. B. James Russell Lowell: A Paper read at the annual dinner [of the] Harvard Club of San Francisco, October 22, 1891. San Francisco, 1891.

Meynell, Alice. The Rhythm of Life and Other Essays. London, 1893.

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Massachusetts Commandery. In Memoriam: James Russell Lowell: Boston, 1892.

Mims, E. Lowell as a Citizen. South Atlantic Quarterly, Jan., 1902.

Nadal, E. S. Some Impressions of Mr. Lowell. Critic, 25 Feb., 1893.

—— London Recollections of Lowell. Harper’s, Feb., 1916. In A Virginian Village and Other Papers. 1917.

Norton, Charles Eliot. James Russell Lowell. Harper’s Magazine, May, 1893.

—— Letters of Lowell. Harper’s Magazine, Sept., 1893.

Ossoli, Margaret Fuller. American Literature. In Art, Literature, and the Drama. Boston, 1859.

Palmer, Roundell. Lowell and Modern Criticism. International Review. Mar., 1877.

Parton, James. Mr. Lowell’s Return. Literary World, 27 June, 1885.

Poe, Edgar Allan. Poems by James Russell Lowell. Graham’s Magazine, Mar., 1844.

Pollak, G. International Perspective in Criticism: Goethe, Grillparzer, Sainte-Beuve, Lowell. 1914.

Preussische Jahrbücher. Lowell, der Satiriker, Nachklänge amerikanische Gedachtnisreden in Berlin. Vol. 89, p. 133.

Quayle, W. A. Lowell. 1906.

Reilly, J. J. James Russell Lowell as a Critic. 1915.

Riano, E. Gayangas de. Lowell and his Spanish Friends; with an Unpublished Poem. Century, June, 1900.

Rice, Wallace. Lowell on Human Liberty. Dial, 1 Jan., 1903.

Rideing, W. H. The Boyhood of James Russell Lowell. Cosmopolitan, Nov., 1887.

Sanborn, F. B. Home and Haunts of Lowell. New England Magazine, Nov., 1891.

Saturday Review. An American Cassandra. 4 Aug., 1888.

Savage, M. J. The Religion of Lowell’s Poems. Arena, May, 1894.

—— A Morning with Lowell. Arena, Dec., 1895.

Scudder, H. E. Lowell, Brooks and Gray in their Letters. Atlantic, Jan., 1894.

—— James Russell Lowell: A Biography. Boston, 1901. 2 vols.

Smalley, G. W. Mr. Lowell; why the English liked him and what his influence has been. In London Letters. 1890.

—— Mr. Lowell in England. Harper’s Magazine, Apr., 1896.

Smith, G. B. James Russell Lowell. Nineteenth Century, June, 1885.

Spalding, J. L. A Poet among the Poets. Catholic World, Apr., 1876.

Stead, W. T. James Russell Lowell; his Message and how it helped me. London, 1891.

Stillman, W. J. The Autobiography of a Journalist. Boston, 1901. 2 vols. [Chap. XLV is devoted to reminiscences of Lowell.]

Story, W. W. At Lowell’s Fireside. In Recollections, Personal and Literary, 1903.

Sulpius, Friedrich von. Etwas von Yankeesatiriker, James Russell Lowell. Beilage Zur Allegemeinen Zeitung, 1897, v. 94. Munich, 1897.

Swift, Lindsay. Lowell’s Diplomatic Career. Book-Buyer, Sept., 1900.

Taylor, Bayard. Critical Essays. 1880.

Traill, H. D. Mr. J. R. Lowell. Fortnightly Review, July, 1885.

Traubel, Horace. Lowell, Whitman; a Contrast. Poet-Lore, 15 Jan., 1892.

Underwood, F. H. James Russell Lowell; a Biographical Sketch. Boston, 1882.

—— The Poet and the Man; Recollections and Appreciations of James Russell Lowell. Boston, 1893.

—— James Russell Lowell. Harper’s Magazine, Jan., 1881.

—— James Russell Lowell. Contemporary Review, Oct., 1891.

Warner, Charles Dudley. The Real American at his Best. Literary World, 27 June, 1885.

Watson, William. Lowell as a Critic. In Excursions in Criticism. London, 1893.

Wendell, Barrett. Lowell as a Teacher. In Stelligeri, 1893.

Whipple, E. P. Lowell as a Prose Writer. In Outlooks on Society, Boston, 1888.

Wilkinson, W. C. Mr. Lowell’s Poetry. Mr. Lowell’s Cathedral. Mr. Lowell’s Prose. In A Free Lance in the Field of Life and Letters. 1874.

Winchester, C. T. Lowell as a Man of Letters. Review of Reviews, Oct., 1891.

Wister, S. B. Conversations with Mr. Lowell. Atlantic, Jan., 1897.

Woodberry, G. E. James Russell Lowell at Elmwood. Critic, 27 Mar., 1886. In Authors at Home, 1889.

—— Mr. Lowell on Izaak Walton. Atlantic Monthly, Feb., 1890.

—— James Russell Lowell. Century, Nov., 1891.

—— Makers of Literature. 1900.

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