Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892

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Thomas William Parsons (August 18, 1819, Boston – September 3, 1892, Scituate, Massachusetts) was an American dentist and poet.

Parsons was educated at the Boston Latin School, and visited Italy to study Italian literature in 1836-7. His translation of Dante's Divine Comedy, which eventually comprised all the Inferno, two-thirds of the Purgatorio and fragments of the Paradiso, began to appear in 1843. After practicing dentistry in Boston, he lived for several years in England before returning to Boston in 1872. He was a contributor to The Galaxy and The Atlantic Monthly. In 1857 he married Anna (or Hannah) M. Allen (1821-1881).

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referencedIn Dana, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1881-1950. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dana letters [manuscript], 1940, n.d. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1871-1940. Houghton Library
creatorOf Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892. Papers, 1836-1942. Houghton Library
referencedIn Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873. Papers, 1833-1873. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Louis Jean Rodolph Agassiz papers, 1833-1873, 1833-1873 1833-1873 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Oliver Wendell Holmes letters from various correspondents, 1891-1892. Houghton Library
creatorOf Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892. Letter, 1854 April 18 [n.p.], to George Ticknor [n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Samuel Gray Ward and Anna Hazard Barker Ward papers, 1823-1934 (inclusive) 1837-1900 (bulk). Houghton Library
creatorOf Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891. James Russell Lowell papers, 1835-1919. Houghton Library
referencedIn James Russell Lowell papers, 1835-1919. Houghton Library
referencedIn Ralph Waldo Emerson letters from various correspondents, ca. 1814-1882. Houghton Library
creatorOf Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892. Newspaper clippings on Daniel Webster [184-?-1882?, n.p.]. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn William Dean Howells additional papers, 1874-1943. Houghton Library
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library
referencedIn Oliver Wendell Holmes letters from various correspondents, 1820-1894 Houghton Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company contracts, 1831-1979 (inclusive) 1880-1940 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn James Russell Lowell additional papers, 1736-1951. Houghton Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous compositions, 1848-1891. Houghton Library
referencedIn James Russell Lowell miscellaneous correspondence, 1839-1891. Houghton Library
creatorOf Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321. The first ten cantos of the Inferno of Dante Alighieri : manuscript, 1864. Houghton Library
referencedIn Parsons, Anna. Letter of Anna Parsons, to "Miss Rotch" [manuscript] ca. 1875 Dec. 24. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960. Additional papers, 1880-1959 Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers, 1836-1942. Houghton Library
referencedIn Portrait file: Guide. Houghton Library
referencedIn Scudder, Horace Elisha, 1838-1902. Correspondence, 1864-1906 Houghton Library
referencedIn Aeger, William L. Letter, 1885 May 12, Boston. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
creatorOf Henry, O., 1862-1910. Autograph file, P, 1554-2005. Houghton Library
creatorOf Papers, 1836-1942. Houghton Library
referencedIn Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (bulk 1820-1888) Houghton Library
referencedIn Monti, Luigi. Thomas William Parsons death mask [art original], 1892. Houghton Library
creatorOf Sigourney, L. H. (Lydia Howard), 1791-1865. Permit the fleeting thoughts that grow, Return of the parents, The loss of the Birkenhead, My country, 4 holograph poems : and letters to Mr. O. Sullivan, ed. of Democratic review, Messrs. Carey & Hart, Mr. Griswold, Professor Silliman, Hartford, May 29, 1834, Mr. Wadsworth, March 3, 1848, Ticknor & Fields, publishers, Hartford, Oct. 16, 1854, Mrs. S. C. Hall, and Messrs. Carey, Lea, and Carey, Hartford, March 15, 1828, Sarah Josepha Hale, at Sea, Aug. 10, 1840, and Mr. Burgess, Sept. 27, letter from Dr. Tyler, East Windsor Hill, Dec. 3, 1857, Miss Harriet Jane Grey, Hartford, Conn., 1833, engraved portrait. University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System
creatorOf Burnett, Frances Hodgson, 1849-1924. Manuscript poems by Longfellow, Lowell, Emerson, Holmes, Thoreau, Whittier Bryant, Aldrich and other famous American poets [manuscript], 1857-1905. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Houghton Library. Houghton Library printed book provenance file, L-Q. 1942. Houghton Library
creatorOf Keach, Leon, b. 1854. Ode, Ancient of days : by Thomas W. Parsons : music by Leon Keach : manuscript, [1888] Houghton Library
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library
referencedIn Autograph File, P, 1554-2005. Houghton Library
creatorOf Keach, Leon, b. 1854. Martial ode : written for the Ancient and Honourable Artillery Company by Thomas William Parsons : music by Leon Keach : manuscript, 1888. Houghton Library
creatorOf Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892. Dirge for one who fell in battle : autograph copy of the poem. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Letters to Charles Eliot Norton and other papers, 1702-1952 Houghton Library
creatorOf Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892. Thomas William Parsons letter and poem, ca. 1850. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884. Papers, 1555-1882 (bulk: 1833-1881) Houghton Library
referencedIn Clapp, William Warland, Jr., 1826-1891. Correspondence, 1790-1891 (bulk 1840-1891) Houghton Library
referencedIn Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908. Papers, ca.1845-1908 Houghton Library
referencedIn Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. Yesterdays with authors, extra-illustrated. Houghton Library
referencedIn Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Correspondence, 1829-1874 Houghton Library
creatorOf Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892. The Willey house : poem, [n.d.], [New Hampshire?]. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
creatorOf Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892,. Autograph letter signed from T.W. Parsons, Boston, to Mr. Ball [manuscript], 1891 February 9. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892. Papers of Thomas William Parsons [manuscript] 1854-1873. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Harvard University. Museum of Comparative Zoology. corporateBody
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associatedWith Hovey, Richard, 1864-1900 person
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correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
associatedWith Hyatt, Alpheus, 1838-1902 person
associatedWith James Walker. person
correspondedWith J. B. Thayer person
correspondedWith Johann, king of Saxony, 1801-1873 person
associatedWith John A. Lowell person
correspondedWith John, King of Saxony person
associatedWith Keach, Leon, b. 1854. person
associatedWith Kidder, Frederic, 1804-1885 person
associatedWith Layard, Austen Henry, Sir, 1817-1894 person
associatedWith LeConte, John L., (John Lawrence), 1825-1883 person
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correspondedWith Maggi, Pietro Giuseppe. person
correspondedWith Marquis de Sangiuliano person
correspondedWith Mary Adams Heard person
correspondedWith Mary A. Heard person
correspondedWith Mary Heard person
correspondedWith Mary Stead person
associatedWith McLane, Allan person
correspondedWith Michael Angelo person
associatedWith Milne-Edwards, H., (Henri), 1800-1885 person
correspondedWith Miss Lunt person
correspondedWith Mitford, Mary Russell, 1787-1855 person
correspondedWith M. Lord person
correspondedWith Monti, Helen (Parsons) person
associatedWith Monti, Luigi. person
correspondedWith Monti, Luigi. person
correspondedWith Mr. Dupee person
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correspondedWith Mrs. Adeline (Parsons) Lunt person
correspondedWith Mrs. Adeline Treadwell (Parsons) Lunt person
correspondedWith Mrs. Anne Parsons person
correspondedWith Mrs. A. Parsons person
associatedWith Mrs. Barnard person
correspondedWith Mrs. George Lunt person
correspondedWith Mrs. Hannah Maria (Allen) Parsons person
correspondedWith Mrs. Hanna Maria (Allen) Parsons person
correspondedWith Mrs. Henry H. Chamberlin person
associatedWith Mrs. L. G. Alexander person
associatedWith Mrs. Mary E. Parkman person
associatedWith Mrs. Metyard person
associatedWith Mrs. Sam Parkman person
associatedWith Mrs. Whitman. person
correspondedWith Mr. T Gaffield person
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correspondedWith Norton, Andrews, 1786-1853 person
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correspondedWith O'Reilly, John Boyle, 1844-1890 person
associatedWith O. W. Holmes. person
correspondedWith Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893 person
associatedWith Parsons, Anna. person
correspondedWith Parsons, Anna Q. T. person
correspondedWith Parsons, Mrs. Hannah Maria (Allen). person
correspondedWith Parsons, Theophilus, 1797-1882 person
correspondedWith Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892 person
associatedWith Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892 person
correspondedWith Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892 person
correspondedWith Parsons, Thomas William, 1819-1892 person
correspondedWith Parsons, Thomas William, d. 1854 person
correspondedWith Peirce, Benjamin, 1809-1880 person
correspondedWith Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884 person
associatedWith P. K. Foley person
correspondedWith Pollock, Sir Frederick, 2d bart., 1815-1888 person
correspondedWith Porter, Fitz-John, 1822-1901 person
correspondedWith Prince, John J. person
associatedWith Putnam, George person
associatedWith R. C. Winthrop. person
correspondedWith Richard Henry Stoddard person
correspondedWith Robert I. Powell person
associatedWith Rufus Choate's person
associatedWith Samuel A. Eliot person
correspondedWith San Giuliano, marchese di. person
associatedWith Sarah Dix Frost. person
correspondedWith S. Augustus Parks. person
associatedWith Scudder, Horace Elisha, 1838-1902 person
correspondedWith Sermoneta, Michele Angelo Caetani, duca de, 1804-1882 person
correspondedWith Sermoneta, Michele Angelo Caetani, duca di, 1804-1882 person
associatedWith Shaw, Samuel person
associatedWith Sigourney, L. H. (Lydia Howard), 1791-1865. person
associatedWith Stoddard, Richard Henry, 1825-1903. person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863. person
associatedWith Thomas Aquinas. person
correspondedWith Thomas W. Parsons person
associatedWith Ticknor, George, 1791-1871. person
correspondedWith Tuckerman, Henry Theodore, 1813-1871 person
correspondedWith T. W. Parsons person
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associatedWith Ward, Samuel Gray. person
correspondedWith W. Austin Parks person
associatedWith W. C. Bambergh. person
associatedWith Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852. person
correspondedWith Whipple, Edwin Percy, 1819-1886 person
correspondedWith Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892 person
correspondedWith William H. Ferris person
associatedWith Wilson, Henry, 1812-1875 person
associatedWith Winsor, Justin, 1831-1897 person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Subject
Poets, American--19th century--Correspondence
American poetry--19th century
American literature--19th century
Authors and publishers
Occupation
Translator
Dentist
Poet
Activity

Person

Birth 1819-08-18

Death 1892-09-03

Death 1854

Male

Americans

Italian,

English

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