Backgrounds of Literature

by Hamilton Wright Mabie


Hamilton Wright Mabie, A.M., L.H.D., LL.D. (1846–1916) was an author and lecturer. He attended Williams College and later Columbia Law School. However, he hated practicing law and started working at a weekly magazine, Christian Union, later renamed The Outlook. Mabie edited a series of volumes for Doubleday, Page & Co. called Every Child Should Know. He also wrote numerous works, including Nature in New England (1890), Essays on Books and Culture (1897), William Shakespeare, Poet, Dramatist, and Man (1900), and Introduction to Notable Poems (1909). He was prolific and quotable, favoring encouraging maxims such as, “Don’t be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against, not with the wind.”

This new edition is dedicated to Sarah Ritchie, good humored helmsperson of many scholarly ventures.