Willis, Nathaniel Parker,
1806–67, American author, b. Portland, Maine, grad. Yale, 1827. He was editor of the periodical the Legendary
and later of the Token
before founding (1829) the American Monthly Magazine
in Boston. In 1831 he merged his magazine with George Pope Morris's New-York Mirror
and went abroad to write for the Mirror
and for English magazines. As editor of the Mirror
after 1840 and of the National Press
(later the Home Journal
), which he and Morris founded in 1846, Willis attracted many prominent contributors. His books, popular but ephemeral, were collections of his journalistic work; among them are Pencillings by the Way
(1835), Inklings of Adventure
(1836), and short stories in Dashes at Life with a Free Pencil
See biographies by H. A. Beers (1885, repr. 1969) and C. V. Wedgewood (1944, repr. 1996); study by C. P. Auser (1969).
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