STORY, WILLIAM WETMORE. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, February 12, 1819; died in Vallambrosa, Italy, October 7, 1895. Mr. Story spent the creative part of his life in Italy achieving fame as a sculptor, writing poetry much read in its day, and exquisite studies of Italian life and art, such as "Roba di Roma," one of the finest books upon the Eternal City. He lived for years in the old Barberini Palace, one of the most celebrated in Rome, and led an enviable life with art and poetry and friendships. This career, however, nearly miscarried, as his youth was spent in the law, an occupation which he may be said to have inherited from his father, Justice Joseph Story, of the United States Supreme Court. That he recognized his true gift before it was too late is a matter for gratitude. One of Mr. Story's finest pieces of sculpture is the tomb of his wife in the Protestant Cemetery at Rome, where he now lies beside her, only a few yards from the grave of Shelley.

This biographical note is reprinted from The Little Book of American Poets: 1787-1900. Ed. Jessie B. Rittenhouse. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1915.



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