John Milton Harney (March 9, 1789 - 15 January, 1825) was an American poet and editor.

Life[edit | edit source]

Harney was born in Sussex County, Delaware,[1] the son of Thomas Harney, an officer in the Revolutionary war.[2]

Harney studied medicine and then settled in Bardstown, Kentucky. After his wife's death he travelled in Europe, then accepted an appointment in the navy and spent several years in South America. On his return he edited a paper in Savannah, Georgia.[1]

He became a Catholic, and joined the Dominicans, who were then beginning their mission in Kentucky. He was the author of a number of poems printed in various magazines.[2]

He died at Somerset, Kentucky.[2]

Writing[edit | edit source]

by Samuel Kettell

Crystalina: A fairy tale, by an American, was published at New York in 1816.... [T]he high merit of the poem will not allow us to pass it without notice. It is a tale of wild and wondrous adventure, replete with all the marvels of Fairy Land, and the potent and wonder-working machinery of magic and incantation. The execution is very unequal, but a great portion of the work shows extraordinary power of imagination, and command of poetical language. It would be difficult to produce from the whole body of English literature, anything of the same kind superior to the passages of bold and magnificent description with which this anonymous production abounds.[3]

Publications[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 John Milton Harney, English Poetry, 1579-1830, Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Web, July 5 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jon Milton Harney, Catholic Enyclopedia. New Advent, Web, July 5, 2016.
  3. Samuel Kettell, Notes, "Crystalina", Specimens of American Poetry: With Critical and Biographical Notices. Boston: S.G. Goodrich, 1829., Web, July 5, 2016.
  4. Search results = au:John Milton Harney, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, July 5, 2016.

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