Laurence Hutton

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Laurence Hutton (1843–1904) was an American essayist and critic, born in New York City and educated privately there. He was an inveterate traveler and for about 20 years spent his summers abroad. From about 1870 he contributed continually to periodicals. From 1886 to 1898 he was the literary editor of Harper's Magazine. He was one of the organizers of the Authors' Club and of the International Copyright League. An ardent collector of literary curiosities, his collections are of remarkable interest. In 1892 he received the degree of A.M. from Yale and in 1897 from Princeton. His writings on dramatic subjects include:

He edited the American Actor Series (1881-82) and published a group of delightful literary guidebooks, including:


  • M. E. Wood (comp.), Laurence and Eleanor Hutton: Their Books of Association (New York, 1905)
  • J. Moore, Talks in a Library with Laurence Hutton (New York, 1905)