Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier (lənēr´), 1842–81, American poet and musician, b. Macon, Ga., grad. Oglethorpe College 1860. His first work, the novel Tiger-Lilies (1867), was based on his experiences as a Confederate soldier in the Civil War. An accomplished musician, Lanier was first flutist of the Peabody Orchestra, Baltimore, in 1873. Following his appointment as lecturer on English literature at Johns Hopkins, his study of the interrelation of music and poetry was published as The Science of English Verse (1880). His Poems appeared in 1887. Lanier's poetry is marked by its melodic verse and extravagant conceits. Among his best-known poems are "Corn," and "The Marshes of Glyn."

See Centennial edition of his works (ed. by C. R. Anderson et al., 10 vol., 1945); biography by A. H. Starke (1933, repr. 1964); studies by J. De Bellis (1972) and J. S. Gabin (1985).

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Sidney Lanier: Poet and Prosodist
Richard Webb; Edwin R. Coulson.
The University of Georgia Press, 1941
FREE! Poems of Sidney Lanier
Mary D. Lanier; Sidney Lanier.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1915
Sidney Lanier: A Biographical and Critical Study
Aubrey Harrison Starke.
The University of North Carolina Press, 1933
FREE! American Poets and Their Theology
Augustus Hopkins Strong.
Griffith and Rowland Press, 1916
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The Physical Basis of Rime: An Essay on the Aesthetics of Sound
Henry Lanz; Alexander Pushkin.
Stanford University Press, 1931
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Southern Prose Writers: Representative Selections, with Introduction, Bibliography, and Notes
Gregory Paine.
American Book Co., 1947
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From Whitman to Sandburg in American Poetry: A Critical Survey
Bruce Weirick.
Macmillan, 1924
Librarian’s tip: "Sidney Lanier and the South" begins on p. 73
FREE! Modern American Poetry
Louis Untermeyer.
Harcourt Brace and Company, 1921 (Revised edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Sidney Lanier (1842-1881)" begins on p. 27
FREE! Letters of Sidney Lanier: Selections from His Correspondence, 1866-1881
Sidney Lanier.
C. Scribner's Sons, 1899
FREE! The Chief American Poets: Selected Poems by Bryant, Poe, Emerson, Longfellow, Whittier, Holmes, Lowell, Whitman and Lanier
Curtis Hidden Page.
Houghton Mifflin, 1905
Whitman's & Dickinson's Contemporaries: An Anthology of Their Verse
Robert Bain.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Sidney Lanier (1842-1881)" begins on p. 379
The Oxford Anthology of American Literature
William Rose Benet; Norman Holmes Pearson.
Oxford University Press, 1938
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German Culture in America, 1600-1900: Philosophical and Literary Influences
Henry A. Pochmann; Arthur R. Schultz.
University of Wisconsin Press, 1957
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Cyclopedia of World Authors
Frank N. Magill; Dayton Kohler.
Harper & Row, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Sidney Lanier" begins on p. 625
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