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  1. 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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