Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt

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Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt, circa 1897

Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (August 11, 1836 – December 22, 1919) was an American poet. She sometimes published under the pseudonym Sallie M. Bryan.


Sarah Morgan Bryan was born in Lexington, Kentucky to Talbot Nelson Bryan and Mary Spiers. She spent much of her life in Ohio, Washington DC, and Ireland.[1] On June 18, 1861 she married John James Piatt, also a poet, as well as a federal employee who eventually served as an American Consul in Ireland. Sarah Piatt was a prolific and popular poet during her lifetime, associating with prominent literary figures in America and abroad.[2] During her career, she published some 450 poems across fifteen volumes and in leading periodicals of the day. She died in Caldwell, New Jersey.

Literary works[edit]

  • A Woman's Poems. 1871
  • A Voyage to the Fortunate Isles. 1874
  • That New World, & Other Poems. 1877
  • Poems in Company with Children. 1877
  • Dramatic Persons and Moods, With Other New Poems. 1880
  • A Book About Baby. And Other Poems in Company with Children. 1882
  • An Irish Garland. 1885
  • In Primrose Time: a new Irish garland. 1886
  • Mrs. Piatt's Select Poems. A Voyage to the Fortunate Isles and Other Poems. 1886
  • Child's-World Ballads: Three Little Emigrants, a Romance of Cork Harbour, 1884, Etc. 1887
  • The Witch in the Glass, Etc. 1888
  • An Irish Wild-Flower, Etc. 1891
  • An Enchanted Castle, and Other Poems: Pictures, Portraits and People in Ireland. 1893
  • Poems. 1894
  • Complete Poems 1894
  • Palace-Burner: The Selected Poetry of Sarah Piatt. Ed. Paula Bernat Bennett. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001.
Works in collaboration with her husband
  • The Nests at Washington And Other Poems. 1864
  • The Children Out-of-Doors A Book of Verses, by Two in One House. 1885
Works in collaboration with her husband and William Dean Howells
  • The Hesperian Tree: An Annual of the Ohio Valley, 1903. 1903


  1. ^ Roberts, Jess. "Sarah Piatt". Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  2. ^ Wheelan, Bernadette. "Poets in Exile: The Piatts in the Queenstown Consulate, 1882-93". New Hiberia Review. 17 (1): 81–97. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • Matthew Giordano, "'A Lesson from' the Magazines: Sarah Piatt and the Postbellum Periodical Poet," American Periodicals, vol. 16, no. 1 (2006), pp. 23–51. In JSTOR
  • "Piatt, Sarah Morgan (Bryan)" in American Authors 1600-1900. New York: H. W. Wilson Company, 1938.

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