Characterized as an "eccentric literary man not without a spice of genius," William North was born in England and eventually settled in New York City (W. Rossetti 48-49).
This autobiography by Jane Fairfield, wife of poet Sumner Lincoln Fairfield, includes an account of William North and his interactions with Jane and her daughter, Genevieve Genevra Fairfield.
Jane Fairfield quotes the 1855 New York Times article in full on pages 219-223 of her autobiography.
Jane Fairfield states that, "[t]he poet William North arrived, during our stay in New York, from London. He had not been long in this country before fate threw myself and daughter in the way of his acquaintance." She describes him as "one of the most unhappy and unfortunate of the fraternity of poets." Jane Fairfield recounts North's unrequited love for her daughter Genevieve Genevra Fairfield, his subsequent suicide, and the posthumous publication of his novel The Slave of the Lamp. She includes a review of this novel and two poems by North published in The New York Times.
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