1827 · Boston
A satiric poem on contemporary political and cultural events, including "crazy Senators," Justice Story, and many other matters. "Grenville Mellen [1799-1841] was the eldest son of Maine's Chief Justice, Prentiss Mellen. He graduated as Harvard class poet in 1818 and briefly joined his father's law firm in Portland. However, he preferred poetry and was soon contributing verse to local and national magazines [along with his friend Henry Longfellow]. He contracted tuberculosis and died in the New York home of former Portland bookseller Samuel Colman Sr." [Maine Memory Network, website project of the Maine Historical Society.]
"Grenville Mellen's commentaries in his 'Our Chronicle of '26. A Satirical Poem' (1827) are more sweeping and cover, as a yearly chronicle should do, the broad spectrum of cultural events, with specific ironies aimed at literary quacks and their all too supportive readers." [Granqvist, IMITATION AS RESISTANCE, 1995. Page 80.
Sabin 47441. AI 29720 [many]. (Inventory #: 25869)