I’ve long been intrigued by Southworth’s inclusion in “The Authors of the United States,” a popular 1866 print by Thomas Hicks (engraved by A. H. Ritchie).

"Authors of the United States"

This image portrays 44 prominent mid-century U.S. authors gathered in a classical setting. While the depicted gathering never occurred (many of these authors, like Poe and Cooper, were long dead), it is nice to see that Hicks imagined Southworth invited to the party. Click here for a larger image and a key to the authors depicted. Read the rest of this entry »