John Neal

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Birthday
25, 1793
Birthplace
Maine
Death Date
Jun 20, 1876 (82)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
25, 1793
Birthplace
Maine
Death Date
Jun 20, 1876 (82)

About

Multi-talented author and critic who also worked as a political activist, architect, boxer, and lawyer. His published works include The Down-Easters, Battle of Niagara, and Errata.

Before Fame

He began law school in Baltimore in 1815. During this period, he founded a literary group called The Delphian Club.

Trivia

He wrote a column for Blackwood's Magazine and published a novel -- Brother Jonathan, or the New Englanders -- during the 1820s.

Family Life

He grew up in Portland, Maine as a member of a Quaker family.

Associated With

As a literary critic, he aided the careers of Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Codman.