The signature is below his written note, dated March 19, 1899, transmitting a book to his correspondent. Stoddard signs at the conclusion in black ink. The note is affixed to a card backing, beneath a black/white group portrait of Stoddard with his wife and son. Shows mailing folds with slight chips to the edges, else very good. The entire piece measures approximately 10" high by 7" wide.A great addition to a collection! About Richard Stoddard: Richard Henry Stoddard (July 2, 1825 - May 12, 1903) was an American critic and poet. Richard Henry Stoddard was born on July 2, 1825, in Hingham, Massachusetts.
His father, a sea-captain, was wrecked and lost on one of his voyages while Richard was a child, and the lad went in 1835 to New York City with his mother, who had married again. He attended the public schools of that city. He became a blacksmith and later an iron moulder, reading much poetry at the same time.His talents brought him into contact with young men interested in literature, notably with Bayard Taylor, who had just published his Views Afoot. In 1849 he gave up his industrial trades and began to write for a living. He contributed to the Union Magazine, the Knickerbocker Magazine, Putnam's Monthly Magazine and the New York Evening Post. He married Elizabeth Drew Barstow in 1852; she was also a novelist and poet. He kept this job until 1870. From 1870 to 1873, he was confidential clerk to George B.
McClellan in the New York dock department, and from 1874 to 1875 city librarian of New York. He died in New York on May 12, 1903.
In his parody of contemporary writers, The Echo Club (1876), Bayard Taylor placed Stoddard as one of the most important ciritcs of the day, alongside James Russell Lowell and George Ripley. More important than his critical was his poetical work, which at its best is sincere, original and marked by delicate fancy, and felicity of form; and his songs have given him a high and permanent place among American lyric poets. His 1857 poem "Roses and Thorns", in a Russian translation by Aleksey Pleshcheyev, was set for voice and piano by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as "Legend", No.
5 from "Sixteen Songs for Children", Op. The song, in turn, was the basis of Anton Arensky's Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky, Op. Inventory: Autograph Closet, Envelope #6.
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