Emma Catherine Embury

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Emma Catherine Embury
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Born Emma Manley
February 25, 1806
New York City
Died February 10, 1863
New York City
Occupation author

Emma Catherine Embury (February 25, 1806 – February 10, 1863) was an American author and poet.

Biography[edit]

She was born Emma Manley in New York City on February 25, 1806. She was the eldest child of Dr. James R. Manley and Elizabeth Post.[1] She became a regular contributor of juvenile verse and stories to the New York Mirror by the age of twenty. Many of her early writings were printed under the pseudonym "Ianthe".[1] On May 10, 1828, she married Daniel Embury, a Brooklyn banker.

In 1828, Embury published her first collection of poems, Guido, a Tale: Sketches from History and Other Poems, and in 1830, she published her first book of prose, Pictures of Early Life.[1] For a time, she was one of two "lady editors" for Graham's Magazine in Philadelphia, along with Ann S. Stephens.[2] During the 1830s and 1840s, she served as a host or guest at literary salons in New York City in the circle including Anne Lynch Botta and Frances Sargent Osgood.[1]

Embury's literary career was cut short by chronic illness beginning in the late 1840s. She died in Brooklyn on February 10, 1863.[1]

Critical response[edit]

Embury was praised in her lifetime for writing works emphasizing domesticity and feminine virtue with moral messages appropriate for children. A critic for The United States Democratic Review, for example, wrote that her book Pictures of Early Life was "highly interesting and instructive; and of a character which should place it in the hands of youth, as well to instruct as to interest and amuse".[3]

Selected works[edit]

  • Guido: A Tale (1828)
  • Pictures of Early Life (1830)
  • Constance Latimer: or, The Blind Girl (1838)
  • American Wild Flowers in Their Native Haunts (1845)
  • Glimpses of Home Life: or, Causes and Consequences (1848)
  • The Waldorf Family: or, Grandfather's Legend (1848)

Other works published posthumously:

  • Poems of Emma C. Embury (1869)
  • Prose Writings of Emma C. Embury (1893)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Burtner, Amy L. "Emma Catherine Embury (1806–1863)" in Writers of the American Renaissance: An A-to-Z Guide, Denise D. Knight, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003: 109. ISBN 0-313-32140-X
  2. ^ Quinn, Arthur Hobson. Edgar Allan Poe: A Critical Biography. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998: 330. ISBN 0-8018-5730-9
  3. ^ Burtner, Amy L. "Emma Catherine Embury (1806–1863)" in Writers of the American Renaissance: An A-to-Z Guide, Denise D. Knight, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003: 110. ISBN 0-313-32140-X

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