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Willis, Nathaniel Parker,

1806–67, American author, b. Portland, Maine, grad. Yale, 1827. He was editor of the periodical the Legendary and later of the Token before founding (1829) the American Monthly Magazine in Boston. In 1831 he merged his magazine with George Pope Morris's New-York Mirror and went abroad to write for the Mirror and for English magazines. As editor of the Mirror after 1840 and of the National Press (later the Home Journal), which he and Morris founded in 1846, Willis attracted many prominent contributors. His books, popular but ephemeral, were collections of his journalistic work; among them are Pencillings by the Way (1835), Inklings of Adventure (1836), and short stories in Dashes at Life with a Free Pencil (1845).


See biographies by H. A. Beers (1885, repr. 1969) and C. V. Wedgewood (1944, repr. 1996); study by C. P. Auser (1969).

Willis, Nathaniel Parker (Roy, Cassius, Philip Slingsby, pen names)

(1806–67) poet, writer, editor; born in Portland, Maine. He and his family moved to Boston (1812), and he studied at Yale (B.A. 1927), where he was known as a poet. He became a journalist and founded the American Monthly magazine (1829). After moving to New York City, he worked as a foreign correspondent for the New York Mirror until 1836, and eventually became coeditor there. He traveled to England often, maintained a home by the Hudson River, and was noted for epistolary essays, as seen in Pencillings by the Way (1844).
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In soap-opera fashion, the next timeline reveals a litany of unrequited romance in correspondence between Emily and Nathaniel Parker Willis, the publisher and editor who discovered her.
Dating from 1800 to 1851, the letters provide new information about Baillie's relationship with contemporaries like Sir Walter Scott and William Wordsworth, challenges faced by women writers, and the London theater world, as well as Baillie's life and times, including letters written to actors George and Sarah Bartley and literary figures like Robert Southey, Felicia Hemans, Anna Jameson, Anne Grant, Nathaniel Parker Willis, Charles Sumner, and Catherine Sedgwick.
As if to downplay even further her son's importance to the narrative, Keckley follows this brief comment about his death with an extensive abstract of the "beautiful sketch" written by Nathaniel Parker Willis for Willie Lincoln, which ends the chapter.
The laboratory of Genteel Romanticism was the Hudson River Valley, and the chief exemplars of the creed were a small circle of New York writers, including Nathaniel Parker Willis, Washington Irving, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Christopher Cranch, George William Curtis, Donald Grant Mitchell, and William Cullen Bryant.
As various literary marketplaces adapted to industrialization and mass culture, they produced all sorts of improbable and ungainly evolutionary forms: Transcendental philosopher Margaret Fuller becomes a newspaper foreign war correspondent; journalistic hack Walter Whitman becomes a poetic ventriloquist; Sara Willis Parton, sister of conservative editor Nathaniel Parker Willis, becomes the outspoken feminist and self-made financial success Fanny Fern; revered children's magazine editor Lydia Maria Child becomes a radical abolitionist.
Home Journal One of the earliest general-circulation magazines in the United States, founded in 1846 by Nathaniel Parker Willis and George P.
The Casket, later <IR> GRAHAM'S MAGAZINE </IR> , which Atkinson and Alexander began as a monthly sister publication in 1826, passed on some of its own material to the Post for more than twenty years, including contributions by Poe, Nathaniel Parker Willis, James Kirke Paulding, and John Neal.
NATHANIEL PARKER WILLIS 's American Monthly Magazine was founded in Boston in April, 1829, and lasted through twenty-seven numbers; it was one of the most entertaining magazines yet published in America.