Henry Hope Reed

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Henry Hope Reed (11 July 1808 – 27 September 1854[1]) was an American educator. He was considered the star of the faculty at University of Pennsylvania and was an early champion of poet William Wordsworth.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Reed graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1825, practiced law in Philadelphia, and was assistant-professor of moral philosophy in the University of Pennsylvania in 1831-34 and professor of English literature and rhetoric there in 1835-54. He assisted William Wordsworth in the preparation of an American edition of his poems in 1837, edited in America Christopher Wordsworth's Memoirs of William Wordsworth (1851) and published Lectures on English Literature from Chaucer to Tennyson (1855).

His brother was lawyer and educator William Bradford Reed.

Reed drowned at sea when the SS Arctic sank returning to America from Europe.[3]


  1. ^ Johnson, Rossiter and John Howard Brown (1904). The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans. The Biographical Society
  2. ^ Baltzell, Edward Digby (1996) Puritan Boston & Quaker Philadelphia. Transaction Publishers, ISBN 978-1-56000-830-9
  3. ^ Farley-Hills, David (2006). Critical Responses to Hamlet, 1600-1900. AMS Press, ISBN 978-0-404-62271-8

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Reed, Joseph". Encyclopædia Britannica. 22 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 973.