James Bayard Taylor

(11 January 1825 – 19 December 1878 / Chester County, Pennsylvania)

James Bayard Taylor
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James Bayard Taylor was an American poet, literary critic, translator, and travel author.

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He was born on January 11, 1825, in Kennett Square in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was the fourth son, first to live to maturity, of Joseph and Rebecca (née Way) Taylor. His father was a well-to-do farmer and young Bayard received his early instruction in an academy at West Chester, and later at Unionville. At the age of seventeen he was apprenticed to a printer in West Chester. His interest in poetry was coached by influential critic and editor Rufus Wilmot Griswold, who encouraged him to produce a volume of poetry. Published at Philadelphia in 1844 under... more »

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