Mathews, William (1818 - 1909)

Genre: Non-Fiction, Non-Fiction - Scholarly

Journalist, writer and teacher, William Mathews was born and raised in Waterville, Maine. He graduated from Colby College (1835) and Harvard Law School (1839). He was editor and publisher of the Watervillonian in 1841, then moved to Gardiner (1843) and edited and published the Yankee Blade. He taught English for 14 years (1862-75) at the University of Chicago and was one of the best-selling authors of the 1870s.

Selected Bibliography

  • The Great Conversers, and Other Essays(/cite) (1874)
  • Hours with Men and Books (1877)
  • Oratory and Orators (1879)
  • Literary Style: and Other Essays (1881)
  • Getting on in the World: Or, Hints on Success in Live (1883)
  • Words: Their Use and Abuse (1884)
  • Men, Places, and Things (1887)
  • Nugae Litterariae, Or, Brief Essays on Literary, Social, and other Themes (1896)