American author and poet Charles Warren Stoddard (1843-1909) was born in Rochester, New York, on August 7, 1843, and moved
with his family to San Francisco, California, in 1855.
Stoddard began writing and traveling at an early age. In 1864, Stoddard made his first trip to Hawaii and Polynesia.
His poetry was first published in The Golden Era
in 1862 and his first book of poems was published in 1867. In the 1860s and 1870s, Stoddard traveled widely, participated
in Bohemian literary circles in San Francisco,
and worked as a correspondent and journalist. In the early 1880s, Stoddard was a co-editor of the
Overland Monthly magazine with Ina D. Coolbrith and Bret Harte. From 1885 to 1886, he served as chair of the English department at the University
of Notre Dame, and
was department chair at Catholic University from 1889 to 1902, before moving to Cambridge, Massachusetts. He returned to San
Francisco in April 1903,
and then later lived in Monterey,
California, until his death on April 23, 1909.
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