y Dana, the poet; and by his son of the same name, author of Two years before the Mast.
The Channing family, closely connected with the Danas, was successively represented in Cambridge by Professor E. T. Channing, the Rev. W. H. Channing, and Professor Edward Channing.
With them must be associated Washington Allston, whose prose and verse were as remarkable as his paintings, and whose first wife was a Channing, and whose second wife a Dana.
Rev. Charles Lowell came to live in Cambridge in 1819, and he and his children, the Rev. R. T. S. Lowell, James Russell Lowell, and Mrs. S. R. Putnam, were all authors.
Judge Joseph Story, the most eminent legal writer whom America has produced, resided for many years in Cambridge (1829-1845), as did his son, William Wetmore Story, author and sculptor, and his son-in-law, George Ticknor Curtis, legal writer and historian.
Benjamin Peirce, who was college librarian (1826-1831), was father of the celebrated mathematician of that name; and his tw
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Olde Cambridge, Chapter 2: old Cambridge in three literary epochs (search)
The list of chief contributors to the first forty volumes of the Review, as appears from the Index published in 1878, would include, in addition to those already given, C. C. Felton, George Bancroft, H. W. Longfellow, and the elder Norton —— all Harvard instructors.
Its connection with Cambridge was therefore well defined and unquestionable.
Judge Story, then head of the Harvard Law School, who had for many years a higher foreign reputation than any other American author, thus wrote in 1819 to Sir William Scott: So great is the call for talents of all sorts in the active use of professional and other business in America, that few of our ablest men have leisure to devote exclusively to literature or the fine arts, or to composition on abstract science.
This obvious reason . . . will explain why we have few professional authors and those not among our ablest men.
He then speaks of a review published in Boston, and says: The review is edited by gentlemen young in life, engaged in