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Nathaniel Parker Willis
(American Author)

Date of Birth:
January 20, 1806

Date of Death:
January 20, 1867

Nationality:
American

Quote count:
16

Times favorited:
2

Nathaniel Parker Willis, also known as N. P. Willis, was an American author, poet and editor who worked with several notable American writers including Edgar Allan Poe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. For a time, he was the employer of Harriet Jacobs. His brother was Richard Storr Willis and his sister wrote under the name Fanny Fern.

Born in Portland, Maine, Willis came from a family of publishers. His grandfather owned newspapers in Massachusetts and in Virginia and his father was the founder of Youth's Companion, the first newspaper specifically for children. Willis developed an interest in literature while attending Yale College and began publishing poetry. After graduation, he worked as an overseas correspondent for the New York Mirror. He eventually moved to New York and began to build his literary reputation. Working with multiple publications, he soon became the highest-paid magazine writer in America, earning about $100 per article and $5,000 per year. In 1846, he started his own publication, the Home Journal, which is still published today as Town & Country. Shortly after, Willis moved to a home on the Hudson River where he lived a semi-retired life until his death in 1867.



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