About this blog

The American Literary Blog is no longer an active web site.

Originally, the site focused on American literature of the 19th century, ranging from heavy-hitting classic authors to the lesser-known or forgotten figures. Each entry is inspired by an anniversary — be it a birthday, a death, a letter, a publication date, etc. The American Literary Blog is maintained by independent scholar Rob Velella.

(Because people have asked, the image in the banner at the top of blog page is William Cullen Bryant.)