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Higginson, Thomas Wentworth

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(1823-1911) US minister, soldier, Feminist, poet and author, now best remembered for his friendship with and mentoring of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), and for his partial recognition of her genius. He is also remembered as an abolitionist who served as colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers (1862-1864), a Black regiment that (because of the racist code then legally enforced) could not be commanded by a Black man; his Army Life in a Black Regiment (1870; rev 1890) is an important and incisive commentary on these circumstances. His poetry is not now highly regarded. Tales of the Enchanted Islands of the Atlantic (coll 1898; vt Tales of Atlantis and the Enchanted Islands 1977) assembles legends and tales, among them a Lost Race story concerning Atlantis. Of greater sf interest is The Monarch of Dreams (1887 chap), in which an adventurous Scientist succeeds in experiencing lucid dreaming at will; but is eventually trapped in his dream world. [JC]

Thomas Wentworth Storrow Higginson

born Cambridge, Massachusetts: 23 December 1823

died Cambridge, Massachusetts: 9 May 1911

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