Bayard Taylor

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Bayard Taylor (1825 – 1878) was an American poet and travel author. He wrote: Rhymes of Travel, Ballads, and Poems in 1848, and Eldorado, or, Adventures in the Path of Empire, (1850), a best-seller, A Book of Romances, Lyrics, and Songs, (1851) and The Story of Kennett, (1866), among others.

"The healing of the world is in its nameless saints. Each separate star seems nothing, but a myriad scattered stars break up the night and make it beautiful."

Mark Twain called Taylor "a genial, lovable, simple-hearted soul, . . . happy in his new dignity . . . He was a poet . . . and had also made the best of all English translations of Goethe's 'Faust.'"

Life and works

Taylor was born January 11, 1825, to Quaker parents in the village of Kenneth Square.[1] It was a small town, too small for his developing literary interest, and he soon left for New York and in 1844 published Ximena: or, the Battle of the Sierra Morena.[2] Sponsored by newspapers, he was able to leave New York for Europe, and wrote poems and travel guides about it, which were successful enough that he was sent to Egypt, India, China, and Japan, and did not return to the United States until 1853.[3] He wrote about foreign ideas in Views Afoot (1846), about his own experience in Eldorado (1850), and in his later years, translated Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust.[4]

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