CURTIS, GEORGE WILLIAM. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, February 24,
1824; died in Staten Island, New York, August 31, 1892. One of
the youngest of the idealists who joined the Brook Farm Community
and participated in the picturesque life of that period, George
William Curtis remained throughout his life an idealist, but
of a more practical sort. He was identified with many movements
for social reform, was an accomplished public speaker, and a
man of great charm of personality. He wrote little verse, but
his prose is suffused with poetry. His fame rests chiefly upon
the "Potiphar Papers" and "Prue and I."
This biographical note is reprinted
from The Little Book of American Poets: 1787-1900. Ed.
Jessie B. Rittenhouse. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1915.