Literary Birthday – 20 January – Nathaniel Parker Willis

Nathaniel Parker Willis was born 20 January 1806, and died 20 January 1867.

Three Quotes

  1. The value of life deepens incalculably with the privileges of travel.
  2. He who binds his soul to knowledge, steals the key of heaven.
  3. In comparing men and books, one must always remember this important distinction,—that one can put the books down at anytime. As Macaulay says, ‘Plato is never sullen, Cervantes is never petulant, Demosthenes never comes unseasonably, Dante never stays too long.’

Nathaniel Parker Willis was an American author, poet, and editor. He worked with writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He became the highest-paid magazine writer of his day. He is the author of Fugitive Poetry.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 20th January 2014