George William Bagby
|George William Bagby|
August 13, 1828|
Buckingham County, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||November 29, 1883
Shockoe Hill Cemetery
Richmond City, Virginia, U.S.
George William Bagby (August 13, 1828 – November 29, 1883) was an American humorist.
Early life and education
After finishing his studies, Bagby became engaged in editorial work, especially on the Southern Literary Messenger, from 1859 to near the close of the American Civil War. Subsequently, he was made State librarian and became widely known as a lecturer and humorist, writing under the name "Mozis Addums". He having kept alive the old school of Southern humor, founded by Augustus Baldwin Longstreet and Johnson J. Hooper. An example of this humor, which contained local dialect, phonetic spelling and an eccentric character, is Rubenstein’s Piano-Playin. It is a short narrative of a surly, less-than-sophisticated soul, who describes how he was deeply moved by a piano concert. His works were collected in three volumes (Richmond, 1884-86).
Bagby is less known for his work as a journalist. As the Richmond correspondent of the Charleston Mercury during the American Civil War, Bagby covered the politics of the war and made a reputation for Hermes, his pen name, as a fearless writer who would criticize Confederate General Robert E. Lee as easily as Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
- Wilson, James Southall. "Bagby, George William." Dictionary of American Biography. Vol. 1, Charles Scribner's Sons. 1928.
- Trent, Southern Writers (1905)
- American National Biography, vol. 1, pp. 868-869.
- Andrews, J. Cutler. The South Reports the Civil War. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1970.
- Bagby, George William, and Thomas Nelson Page. The Old Virginia Gentleman, And Other Sketches. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1910.googlebooks Retrieved May 10, 2008
- The South Reports the Civil War by J. Cutler Andrews (Princeton University Press, 1970, and the Charleston Mercury, 1861 to 1865.
- Canal Reminiscences: Recollections of Travel in the Old Days on the James River & Kanawha Canal. Richmond: West, Johnston & Co., 1879.
- Rubenstein's Piano-Playing – read an example of the old school of Southern humor.
- George William Bagby in Encyclopedia Virginia
- George William Bagby at Find a Grave
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.