Charles DeKay

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Charles DeKay
Born July 25, 1848[1]
Washington, D.C.
Died May 23, 1935 (1935-05-24) (aged 86)[1]
New York City[1]
Alma mater Yale[1]
Spouse(s) Edwardlyn Coffey[1]
Children Drake, Rodman, Ormonde, Helena, Janet

Charles Augustus DeKay (July 25, 1848 – May 23, 1935) was a linguist, poet, critic and a fencer. He was a son of George Coleman De Kay, a naval officer.[2] He was best known for founding the National Arts Club and the Fencers Club.[1] He was inducted into the United States Fencing Hall of Fame in 2008. He was an art and literary critic for The New York Times for 18 years.


  • The Bohemian (New York, 1878)
  • Hesperus (1880)
  • Vision of Nimrod (1881)
  • Vision of Esther (1882)
  • Love Poems of Louis Barnaval (1883).

His best-known story is "Manmatha."[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Brief Biography of Chales deKay" Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., United States Fencing Hall of Fame website. Retrieved on December 02, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Wikisource-logo.svg Wilson, James Grant; Fiske, John, eds. (1900). "De Kay, James Ellsworth". Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. New York: D. Appleton. 

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