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Compiled by Nelson Miller
- Fitz-James O'Brien
[c.1828--April 6, 1862]
Irish-born American poet, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, and
journalist; by the age of 23, had run through a substantial inheritance in
London and Paris; came to America in 1852 and quickly became a conspicuous
figure in New York literary circles; published much poetry and fiction in
important periodicals as Atlantic Monthly and Harper's
Magazine; some success at playwriting; known at the time for his
Bohemian lifestyle which left him constantly in need of money; shared
lodgings with Thomas Bailey Aldrich and William Winter; enlisted in the
Union Army during the Civil War and died of tetanus resulting from a wound;
best remembered today for his tales and poems of the supernatural.
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