Norton, Charles Eliot

Norton, Charles Eliot,

1827–1908, American scholar and teacher, b. Cambridge, Mass., grad. Harvard, 1846. As professor of the history of art at Harvard (1875–98) and as a man of letters he had a stimulating influence on his time. He edited (1864–68), with James Russell LowellLowell, James Russell,
1819–91, American poet, critic, and editor, b. Cambridge, Mass. He was influential in revitalizing the intellectual life of New England in the mid-19th cent. Educated at Harvard (B.A., 1838; LL.B., 1840), he abandoned law for literature.
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, the North American Review and was a founder (1865) of the Nation. Of his several scholarly works, the most notable were his Italian studies and his prose translation (3 vol., 1891–92) of Dante.


See his letters (1913); biography by L. Dowling (2008); study by K. Vanderbilt (1959).

Norton, Charles Eliot

(1828–1908) editor, author, teacher; born in Cambridge, Mass. A cosmopolitan man of letters and profoundly influential teacher, he edited the works of Dante, Carlyle, and other writers, helped found The Nation (1865), and pioneered the teaching of art history at Harvard (1873–97).