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Sidney Lanier
Date Issued: 1972-02-03
Postage Value: 8 cents

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Sidney Lanier
Sidney Lanier

Sidney Lanier was a critic, musician, novelist, and poet who served in the Confederate Army. He was captured in 1864 and imprisoned. When released after a year, he wrote about his war experiences in the novel, Tiger-Lilies. In 1873 he became the first flutist in the Peabody Orchestra in Baltimore and augmented his income by giving lectures. The lectures led to a teaching position at Johns Hopkins University. Lanier published The Science of English Verse in 1880. Many of his better poems are set in his beloved South.

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