Hartford Wits

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Hartford Wits:

see Connecticut WitsConnecticut Wits
or Hartford Wits,
an informal association of Yale students and rectors formed in the late 18th cent. At first they were devoted to the modernization of the Yale curriculum and declaring the independence of American letters.
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Dwight's political satire marks him as a Hartford wit.
Barlow also joined a group of writers, the Hartford Wits, who Hill describes as like-minded law-and-order satirists that supported a stronger central government to defend against the political unrest brought on by the sharp economic depression of the mid-1780s.
The anthology was devoted largely to the group of writers who became known as the Hartford Wits or Connecticut Wits, including John Trumbull, Joel Barlow, Timothy Dwight, and Lemuel Hopkins, all of whom were friends of Smith.
This mock-heroic poem, composed in collaboration by several of the <IR> HARTFORD WITS </IR> , appeared originally in the New Haven Gazette and Connecticut Magazine and was widely reprinted in the newspapers of the day.
1754 - 1812) American poet and diplomat, a leader of the anti - Federalist party, and one of the best known of the Hartford Wits.
Leaders in this movement were the Connecticut Wits, also known as the Hartford Wits because they were centered in that Connecticut city.
Smith had been a student of Timothy Dwight, and through Smith Brown met his later biographer, William Dunlap; Noah Webster and the <IR> HARTFORD WITS </IR> ; and Charles Adams, the son of John Adams.
He also collaborated with Joel Barlow and other members of the Hartford Wits on The Anarchiad.
American poet and jurist, known for his political satire, who was a leader of the Hartford wits.
Dwight, born in Northampton, Massachusetts, like his brother Timothy, was one of the Hartford Wits, and in <IR> THE ECHO </IR> and <IR> THE POLITICAL GREENHOUSE </IR> wrote passable verse.
Prominent among the <IR> HARTFORD WITS </IR> , Dwight owed his literary reputation primarily to three poems: <IR> THE CONQUEST OF CANAAN </IR> (1785), a Biblical epic; The Triumph of Infidelity (1788), an anonymous defense of Calvinism and satiric attack on holders of other beliefs; and <IR> GREENFIELD HILL </IR> (1794), describing the Connecticut village where he served for years as pastor.
Among poets <IR> JOEL BARLOW </IR> continued a career begun as one of the <IR> HARTFORD WITS </IR> .

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