Donald Grant Mitchell

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Birthday
12, 1822
Birthplace
Norwich, CT
Death Date
Dec 15, 1908 (86)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
12, 1822
Birthplace
Norwich, CT
Death Date
Dec 15, 1908 (86)

About

An American essayist and fiction writer, he is particularly known for his essay collection, Reveries of a Bachelor, which focuses on the dream-like lives of mid-nineteenth-century Americans. His other works include Doctor Johns (1866) and My Farm of Edgewood: A Country Book (1863).

Before Fame

He graduated from Yale College, where he studied both law and literature. He subsequently served as a U.S. consul in Venice, Italy.

Trivia

His Reveries of a Bachelor was a favorite book of poet Emily Dickinson.

Family Life

He was the Connecticut-born son of politician Stephen Mix Mitchell.

Associated With

He and Harry Whitney were both members of the Skull and Bones society at Yale.