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Duyckinck, Evert Augustus, 1816-1878

Author; born in New York City, Nov. 23, 1816; graduated at Columbia College in 1835. His father was a successful publisher, and Evert early showed a love for books and a taste for literary pursuits. In December, 1840, he commenced the publication of Arcturus: a journal of books and opinions, in connection with Cornelius Matthews, which was continued about a year and a half. He contributed to the early numbers of the New York Review. In 1847, in connection with his brother George, he commenced the Literary world, a periodical which continued (with an interval of a year and five months) until the close of 1853. In 1856 the brothers completed the Cyclopaedia of American Literature, in 2 volumes, a work of great research and value. To this Evert added a supplement in 1865. His other important works are, Wit and wisdom of Sidney Smith; National portrait-gallery of eminent Americans; History of the War for the Union; History of the world from the earliest period to the present time; and Portrait-Gallery of eminent men and women of Europe and America (2 volumes). Mr. Duyckinck's latest important literary labor was in the preparation, in connection with William Cullen Bryant (q. v.), of a new and thoroughly annotated edition of Shakespeare's writings. Evert died in New York City, Aug. 13, 1878. His brother, George long, was born in New York City, Oct. 17, 1823; graduated at the University of the City of New York in 1843. Besides his assistance in the conduct of the Literary world and the preparation of the Cyclopaedia of American Literature, he published biographies of George Herbert (1858), Bishop Thomas Ken (1859), Jeremy Taylor (1860), and Bishop Latimer (1861). He died in New York City March 30, 1863.

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