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Henry Timrod

South Carolina

Henry Timrod was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Franklin College (now part of the University of Georgia). "Timrod was admitted to the bar but had neither the health or the temperament for vigorous practice." [Bruce R. McElderry, Jr., The Realistic Movement in American Writing 516 (New York: Odyssey Press, 1965]. Failing to secure a university teaching position, Timrod worked as tutor. He served in the Confederate Army as a clerk and after the war as a correspondent for the Charleston Mercury and in 1864 became editor of the Columbia South Carolinian. Timrod's poetry is included in most of the historical anthologies of American poetry. He is buried next in the graveyard of Trinity Church in Columbia, South Carolina.

Short Bio

Henry Timrod
Columbia Encyclopedia (6th ed., 2001)

Henry Timrod
Cambridge History of English and American Literature

Henry Timrod
Wikipedia Encyclopedia

Timrod Library
Summersville, South Carolina

Henry Timrod


Poets of the Civil War



[Carolina] [Official Song of the State of South Carolina] [Charleston] [Charleston] [At Magnolia Cemetery] [Ode at Magnolia Cemetery] [Ode] [Ode] [Defeated Valor] [Dreams] [A Common Thought] [I know not why, but all this weary day] [La Belle Juive] [The Cotton Boll] [The Cotton Boll] [Quatorzain]

[The Poems of Henry Timrod] [The Poems of Henry Timrod with Memoir]
[Selected Sonnets] [Poems] [Poems]

["Faint Falls the Gentle Voice of Prayer"—poem & music]


Henry Timrod, Poems (Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1860) [online text] [online text]

___________, The Poems of Henry Timrod (New York: Hale, 1873)(Paul H. Hayne ed.) [online text] [online text]

___________, Poems of Henry Timrod: With Memoir and Portrait (New York: Houghton, Mifflin, 1899)(Richmond, Virginia: B.F. Johnson Publishing Co., 1901) [online text]

Guy A. Cardwell, Jr. (ed.), The Uncollected Poems of Henry Timrod (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1942)

Edd Winfield Parks & Aileen Wells Parks (eds.), Collected Poems (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1965)


Jay B. Hubbell (ed.), The Last Years of Henry Timrod, 1864-1867 (Durham, North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1941)

[including letters of Timrod to Paul Hamilton Hayne and letters about Timrod by William Gilmore Simms, John R. Thompson, John Greenleaf Whittier, and others; four uncollected poems and seven uncollected prose pieces. Drawn chiefly from the Paul Hamilton Hayne collection in the Duke University Library.]


Edd Winfield Parks, The Essays of Henry Timrod (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1942)


J.W. Abernethy, The Southern Poets: Selected Poems of Sidney Lanier, Henry Timrod, Paul Hamilton Hayne with Biographical and Critical Introductions and Explanatory Notes (New York: Maynard, Merrill, & Co. 1904)

Jack De Bellis (ed.), Sidney Lanier, Henry Timrod & Paul Hamilton Hayne: A Reference Guide (Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1978)

Henry Tazewell Thompson, Henry Timrod, Laureate of the Confederacy (New York: AMS Press, 1971)

B. L. Reid, The Man From New York: John Quinn and His Friends (New York: Oxford University Press, 1968)

Edd Winfield Parks, Henry Timrod (New York: Twayne Publishers, 1964)

Jay B. Hubbell, The Last Years of Henry Timrod, 1864-1867, including letters of Timrod to Paul Hamilton Hayne and letters about Timrod by William Gilmore Simms, John R. Thompson, John Greenleaf Whittier, and others. With four uncollected poems and seven uncollected prose pieces (Durham: Duke University Press, 1941)

Samuel Albert Link, Dr. Frank O. Ticknor, the Southern Lyric Poet, and Henry Timrod, the Unfortunate Singer (Nashville: Barbee & Smith, 1896)

George Armstrong Wauchope, Henry Timrod: Man and Poet, a Critical Study (Columbia, South Carolina: The University Press, 1915) [online text]

Bibliography: Articles & Encyclopedias

David S. Shields, "Henry Timrod," in Eric L. Haralson (ed.), Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998)

"Henry Timrod," in F.V. N. Painter, Poets of the South 65-80 (New York: American Book Co., 1903)(Freeport, New York: Books for Libraries Press, 1968)

"Henry Timrod: The Unfortunate Singer," in Samuel Albert Link, 1 Pioneers of Southern Literature 117-148 (Nashville, Tennessee & Dallas, Texas: Publishing House M.E. Church, South, Barber & Smith, Agents, 1899)(2 vols.)