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(Poets and Poetry in America)
ph_0111205148-Holmes.jpg Oliver Wendell Holmes Published by Salem Press, Inc.

A remarkably versatile writer, Oliver Wendell Holmes produced not only five volumes of poetry but also three novels (Elsie Venner, 1861; The Guardian Angel, 1867; and A Mortal Antipathy, 1885); several collections of essays, including The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858), The Professor at the Breakfast-Table (1860), and The Poet at the Breakfast-Table (1872); biographies of John Lothrop Motley and Ralph Waldo Emerson; and a large number of essays dealing with medicine, including the classic study “The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever” (1843).