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Sidney Lanier

Sidney Clopton Lanier (February 3, 1842 – September 7, 1881) was an American musician, poet and author. He served in the Confederate States Army as a private, worked on a blockade-running ship for which he was imprisoned (resulting in his catching tuberculosis), taught, worked at a hotel where he gave musical performances, was a church organist, and worked as a lawyer. As a poet he sometimes, though not exclusively, used dialects. Many of his poems are written in heightened, but often archaic, American English. He became a flautist and sold poems to publications. He eventually became a professor of literature at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and is known for his adaptation of musical meter to poetry. Many schools, other structures and two lakes are named for him, and he became hailed in the South as the "poet of the Confederacy". A 1972 US postage stamp honored him as an "American poet".

Birth and Death Data: Born February 3rd, 1842 (Macon), Died September 7th, 1881 (North Carolina)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1922

Roles Represented in DAHR: author


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-15838 10-in. 3/29/1915 Evening song John McCormack Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor B-26894 10-in. 9/27/1922 A ballad of trees and the master Royal Dadmun Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  


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