William Cullen Bryant (November 3, 1794 - June 12, 1878) was an American romantic poet, journalist, and long-time editor of the New York Evening Post. He studied law in Massachusetts, and was admitted to the bar in 1815. In 1821 he spent months working on "The Ages", a verse poem about the history of civilization and the establishment of the United States. That poem led a collection, entitled Poems, to which he added sets of lines at the beginning and end of his poem "Thanatopsis" and his career as a poet was launched. But writing poetry could not financially sustain a family. He became Assistant Editor of the New York Evening Post under William Coleman, a newspaper founded by Alexander Hamilton. Within two years, he was Editor-in-Chief...
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