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DONALD GRANT MITCHELL (1822—1908)

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 617 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DONALD GRANT MITCHELL (1822—1908) American author, was born in Norwich, Connecticut, on the 12th of April 1822. He graduated at Yale College in 1841; studied law, but soon took up literature. Throughout his life he showed a particular interest in agriculture and landscape-gardening, which he followed at first in pursuit of health. He produced books of travel, volumes of essays on rural themes, of which My Farm of Edgewood (1863) is the best; sketchy studies of English monarchs and of English and American literature; and a character-novel entitled Doctor Johns (1866), &c.; but is best known as the author (under the pseudonym of " Ik Marvel "), of the sentimental essays contained in the volumes Reveries of a Bachelor, or a Book of the Heart (185o), and Dream Life, a Fable of the Seasons (1851).
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