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an American anthologist, editor, poet, and critic. Born in Vermont, he worked as a journalist, editor, and critic in Philadelphia, New York City, and elsewhere. He built up a strong literary reputation, in part due to his 1842 collection The Poets and Poetry of America. This anthology, the most comprehensive of its time, included what he deemed the best examples of American poetry. He produced revised versions and similar anthologies for the remainder of his life, although many of the poets he promoted have since faded into obscurity. Many writers hoped to have their work included in one of these editions, although they commented harshly on Griswold's abrasive character.
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Alice Cary
...by influential critics including Edgar Allan Poe, Rufus W. Griswold, and Horace Greeley.
Winthrop Mackworth Praed
...up political life. His poems were first edited by Rufus W. Griswold (New York, 1844); another American edition, by W....
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