Author

John William Cousin

Scottish writer and editor

1849   -   1910

country of citizenship: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
language of expression: English
occupation: literary critic, biographer

John William Cousin (1849–1910) was a British writer, editor and biographer. He was one of six children born to William and Anne Ross Cousin, his mother being a noted hymn-writer, in Scotland. A fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries and secretary of the Actuarial Society of Edinburgh, he revised and wrote the introduction for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Evangeline in 1907. However, he is best known as the editor of A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature, a collection of biographical entries on numerous authors and literary figures, originally published in 1910 for J.M. Dent's "Everyman Library" series. The bulk of his work was later used by David Clayton Browning to compile the Everyman's Dictionary of Literary Biography which was released in 1958 and subsequently reprinted during the 1960s and 1970s.
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A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature

collection of biographies of writers by John William Cousin

author: John William Cousin

1910

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