Boynton, Henry Walcott, 1869-1947

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Graduate of Amherst College, 1891 (M.A. 1893). Writer and critic, born 1869 in Guilford, Connecticut. Chief reviewer, Atlantic Monthly, 1901-1904; on regular staff of The Nation and the New York Evening Post, 1912- ; wrote criticism for The Bookman,1915- Author or editor of at least 24 books about literature and journalism, sometimes under the pseudonym John Walcott. Died 1947.

From the description of Boynton papers, 1897-1939. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 48612302

Author of Annals of American bookselling, 1638-1850; editor of The complete poetical works of Alexander Pope.

From the description of Correspondence with booksellers, [ca. 1926-1936]. (Brown University). WorldCat record id: 122615906

American author and editor.

From the description of Letter to Glen Walton Blodgett, 1920 November 23. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 50862460

Henry Walcott Boynton was born in 1869 in Guilford, Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1891, and his Master of Arts in 1893, both from Amherst College. From 1892 to 1901 Boynton was head of the department of English at Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts. After 1901 he devoted himself to writing. He was chief reviewer for the Atlantic Monthly from 1901 to 1904. He was on the regular staff of the Nation and the New York Evening Post beginning in 1912. He wrote criticism for the Bookman beginning in 1915. Boynton died in 1947.

Boynton was the author or editor of at least twenty-four books, often using his pseudonym, John Walcott. His works include: Life of Washington Irving (1901); The Golfer's Rubaiyat (1901); Bret Harte (1903); A Reader's History of American Literature (1903, with T.W. Higginson); Journalism and Literature (1904); Guenever, a Romantic Play (1905); The World's Leading Poets (1911); James Fenimore Cooper (1931); and Annals of American Bookselling (1932). Boynton's edited texts with introduction and notes include: Selections from Carlyle (1895); Tennyson's The Princess (1896); Milton's Paradise Lost (1897); Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield (1899); Pope's The Rape of the Lock (1901); Mrs. Ewing's Jackanapes (1902); Miss Martineau's The Prince and the Peasant (1902); Pope's Complete Poetical Works (Cambridge edition) (1902); Tennyson's Idylls of the King (1903); and Selected Poems for Secondary Schools (1911).

From the guide to the Boynton Papers, 1897-1939, (Amherst College Archives and Special Collections)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Amherst College. Class of 1891. Boynton. corporateBody
associatedWith Blodgett, Glen Walton, person
associatedWith Cabell, James Branch, 1879-1958. person
associatedWith Cather, Willa, 1873-1947. person
associatedWith Dauber and Pine Bookshops, Inc. (N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Ernest Dressel North (N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Goodspeed's Book Shop (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Grant, Robert, 1852-1940 person
associatedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
correspondedWith Thayer, William Roscoe, 1859-1923 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Literature--History and criticism--Sources
Booksellers and bookselling
Antiquarian booksellers


Birth 1869-04-22

Death 1947-05-11





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