Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903

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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

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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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creatorOf Winter, William, 1836-1917,. Autograph letter signed from William Winter, Albion Office, New York, to Charles G. Leland, New York [manuscript], 1863 February 24. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, American period, 1876-1937. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Pennell, Elizabeth Robins, 1855-1936. Letters, 1903-1910. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Papers relating to "Hans Breitmann" [manuscript], 1868-1869. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Leland, Charles. Accounts, 1833-1848. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. The Squyer of lowe-degre : manuscript, [18--?]. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Pickard-Whittier papers, 1815-1915. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1882. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn A. P. Watt & Son, 1883-1917. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Additional papers, 1767-1898. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Charles Godfrey Leland letters and poems, 1854-1866. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Letters to Horace Howard Furness, 1880-1882, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn James Russell Lowell additional papers, 1736-1951. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Francis James Child papers, 1842-1925. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Pennell, Joseph, 1857-1926. Pennell-Whistler collection, 1597-1937. Library of Congress
referencedIn Bayard Taylor papers, 1826-1912 (inclusive), 1845-1878 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Papers of Charles Godfrey Leland [manuscript], 1854-1894. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Letters to the Bentleys and Frank D. Finlay [manuscript], 1875-1885. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Correspondence of Charles Godfrey Leland [manuscript], 1856-1868. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Charles Godfrey Leland letters, circa 1860-1895. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Diary, [1841-1843?]. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Correspondence to Daniel Garrison Brinton, 1888. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Letter from Charles Godfrey Leland to Robert Shelton Mackenzie [manuscript], 1860 April 10. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Verrill, Ruth. Gods who were men / Ruth Verrill. American Museum of Natural History
referencedIn Alfred Ludlow Carroll letters, 1858-1885 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Sebastian B. (Sebastian Benson) Schlesinger papers, 1787-1901 (inclusive), 1870-1897 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Letters and "Observations" of Charles Godfrey Leland [manuscript], 1884-1888. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Verrill, Ruth. Gods who were men [microform] / Ruth Verrill. University of Florida
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Letters, [ca.1866]. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Jackson, Joseph, 1867-1946. Collection, 1798-1941. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Vol. VIII, ff. 262.Charles Godfrey Leland: "Gypsy Stories " by: 19th cent.Gypsies: "Gypsy stories", by C. G. Leland: 19th cent. British Library
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Papers, 1835-1906. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Ludlow, Fitz Hugh, 1836-1870. Letters of Fitz Hugh Ludlow [manuscript] 1861-68. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Bead and wire inlaying : manuscript, 1886. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Phi Beta Kappa. Massachusetts Alpha (Harvard University). Records of Phi Beta Kappa : general correspondence, 1782-1911. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Charles Godfrey Leland notebook and sketches, 1862. Millersville University Library, McNairy Library
referencedIn The following Nos., 37168-37174, form the manuscript part of a collection of MSS. and Printed Books relating to the Romany language and people, written or collected by Charles Godfrey Leland (d. 1903). Presented by his niece, Mrs. Joseph Pennell, wit..., 19th century British Library
creatorOf Quincy, Edmund, 1808-1877. Edmund Quincy letters, 1855-1868. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Correspondence of Charles Godfrey Leland with the Sartains [manuscript], 1847-1883. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Sultzen, Rietlen. Kuchel Buech von allerhandt Dortlen und eingemachten Sachen / von Rietlen Sultzen in Jahr 1716. Library of Congress
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Letter from Charles Godfrey Leland to George Augustus Sala [manuscript], 1872 February 10. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Autograph letters signed (5) : Florence, to Dr. Baldwin, 1889 Feb. 13. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Items relating to "Meister Karl's Sketch Book" [manuscript], 1856-1868. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Letters to J.W. Montclair and others [manuscript], 1864-1883. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Charles Follen Adams papers, 1857-1917. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn C. G. LELAND COLLECTION, Vol. X. Vocabularies in various languages compiled by C. G. Leland, who refers to them in the letter above mentioned:-(1) " Schmussen, or the Jewish-German dialect," with (f. 46) a few Romany-English words and notes dated Se..., 1875-1889 British Library
referencedIn Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co. Correspondence with Elizabeth Robins Pennell, 1934. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn James Russell Lowell papers, 1835-1919. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle Collection: Correspondence, 1819, 1849-1957, 1962 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Selected art related letters from Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Society Collection, 1760-1935. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Letter to [?]. Philadelphia, PA. 1852 July 9. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn James Russell Lowell additional papers, 1802-1898. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Papers of Charles Godfrey Leland [manuscript], 1844-1890. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Great Central Fair of the United States Sanitary Commission (1864 : Philadelphia, Pa.) Newspaper committee. Minutes, 1864. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Heine, Heinrich, 1797-1856. Translation of Heine's Familienleben / [translated by Charles G. Leland]. State Historical Society of Iowa, Library
creatorOf Boker, George H. (George Henry), 1823-1890. George H. Boker letters and papers, 1849-1890. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Writings, ca. 1893-1896. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Robert Grant papers, 1809-1940. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn A.P. Watt (Firm). A.P. Watt & Son correspondence, 1883-1917. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Jackson, Joseph, 1867-1946. Manuscripts (for publication), 1923-1926. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Letters, 1866 Oct. 26-1867 Nov. 24, Philadelphia. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. The wedding trip of Jarl Alvar Rafn : manuscript, [18--]. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Vol. IX, ff. 212.Charles Godfrey Leland: "Gypsy Stories " by: 19th cent.Gypsies: "Gypsy stories", by C. G. Leland: 19th cent. British Library
referencedIn John L. (John Lawrence) LeConte papers, 1812-1897, 1812-1897 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Leslie, Eliza, 1787-1858. Eliza Lelsie papers [manuscript] 1840-1857. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Barrera, Anita de. person
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associatedWith Dana, Charles A. (Charles Anderson), 1819-1897 person
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associatedWith Lewald, M. August. person
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associatedWith Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891, person
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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
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English poetry--19th century
Legends, Italian--19th century
Letters--19th century
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Birth 1824-08-15

Death 1903-03-20

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