Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903

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Birth 1824-08-15
Death 1903-03-20
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Born in Philadelphia, humorist Charles Godfrey Leland wrote quality material in a variety of literary forms, but is best remembered for his light comic verse, often written in a German dialect. He graduated from Princeton, and continued his education in Germany and Paris, eventually making contributions as linguist, folklorist, editor, educator, and aesthete.

From the description of Charles Godfrey Leland letters and poems, 1854-1866. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 51262673

From the description of Charles Godfrey Leland letters, circa 1860-1895. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 67710366

American author and editor.

From the description of Letters, 1866 Oct. 26-1867 Nov. 24, Philadelphia. (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 14943170

Philadelphia-born, prominent literary figure.

From the description of Writings, ca. 1893-1896. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 63615215

American journalist and humorist.

From the description of Correspondence of Charles Godfrey Leland [manuscript], 1856-1868. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647982630

From the description of Papers relating to "Hans Breitmann" [manuscript], 1868-1869. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647988788

From the description of Correspondence of Charles Godfrey Leland with the Sartains [manuscript], 1847-1883. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647988800

From the description of Letters to J.W. Montclair and others [manuscript], 1864-1883. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647988791

From the description of Letters to the Bentleys and Frank D. Finlay [manuscript], 1875-1885. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647988809

From the description of Items relating to "Meister Karl's Sketch Book" [manuscript], 1856-1868. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647988784

From the description of Letter from Charles Godfrey Leland to Robert Shelton Mackenzie [manuscript], 1860 April 10. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647988810

From the description of Letter from Charles Godfrey Leland to George Augustus Sala [manuscript], 1872 February 10. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647988807

From the description of Papers of Charles Godfrey Leland [manuscript], 1854-1894. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647988794

From the description of Letters and "Observations" of Charles Godfrey Leland [manuscript], 1884-1888. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647988798

From the description of Papers of Charles Godfrey Leland [manuscript], 1844-1890. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647988792

Epithet: of Add MS 39559

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000270.0x00014c

Epithet: of Add MS 37168

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000270.0x00014a

Charles Godfrey Leland was born on Aug. 15, 1824 in Philadelphia, Pa. He attended private schools in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Princeton University in 1845. Following graduation he toured Europe and enrolled in the University of Heidelberg. He returned to the United States in the early 1850's and in 1853 began working as a journalist. From 1853 to 1857 he contributed a number of articles to the Illustrated News, the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, and Vanity Fair. In 1857, he became editor of Graham's Magazine and began publishing his series of German-English poems "Hans Breitmann's Barty." During the American Civil War, he founded and published the Continental Monthly to further the Union cause and promote abolitionism. In 1869 he completed his first book "Hans Breitmann's Ballads." Before his death in 1903, Leland wrote over fifty books and successfully introduced industrial and craft arts into American schools.

From the description of Charles Godfrey Leland notebook and sketches, 1862. (Millersville University Library). WorldCat record id: 49244714

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Subjects:

  • Authors, American--19th century--Poetry
  • German American literature
  • Authors, English--19th century--Poetry
  • Folklore--19th century
  • Authors, American--19th century--Correspondence
  • Marquetry--19th century
  • College students--19th century--Diaries
  • Art--Study and teaching
  • American diaries--19th century
  • German Americans--Poetry
  • Male authors, American--19th century--Correspondence
  • English poetry--19th century
  • Legends, Italian--19th century
  • Letters--19th century

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  • Authors, American

Places:

  • New Jersey--Princeton (as recorded)
  • Italy--Florence (as recorded)
  • Florence (as recorded)
  • England--London (as recorded)
  • New York (State) (as recorded)
  • North America, America (as recorded)