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Mitchell, Donald Grant

MITCHELL, DONALD GRANT (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), etc.; 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 (1850), and Dream Life, a Fable of the Seasons (1851).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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