Jennie Thornley Clarke
Jennie Thornley Clarke (c. 1866 - ?) was an American educator, writer, and anthologist. She was the author of Songs of the South. Choice Selections from Southern Poets from Colonial Times to the Present Day. Joel Chandler Harris, who furnished an introduction to the book, said that, as far as he knew, this volume was the first of American anthologies devoted wholly to verse produced by southern writers.
Jennie Thornley Clarke
on the banks of James River, Virginia, U.S.
|Occupation||educator, writer, anthologist|
|Notable works||Songs of the South. Choice Selections from Southern Poets from Colonial Times to the Present Day|
Early years and educationEdit
Jennie Thornley Clarke was born circa 1866 on the banks of James River, Virginia. But she said she was a native Georgia although she was born among the F. F. Vs (first families of Vermont). Her father was a poet, but he died in early manhood. Brought up in a library and carefully taught by her mother, she was twice graduated with the highest honors; first, by a female college in Georgia and afterwards (in 1889), by the University of Nashville.
Immediately elected to the chair of Latin in the State Industrial College in Mississippi, she remained there until called to the same chair in the Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville. Her extraordinary memory seemed to contain a whole library, and every line of Virgil or Horace recalled to her a wealth of illustrations from ancient and modern English poets. This exceptional acquaintance with poetry, coupled with her ability and experience as a critic, made her singularly fit for the task she undertook, that of collecting the highlights of southern poetry in a volume under the title of Songs of the South. She wrote for many periodicals, chiefly educational.
Songs of the SouthEdit
Songs of the South. Choice Selections from Southern Poets from Colonial Times to the Present Day (Lippincott, 1896) was collected and edited by Clarke. It included an appendix of brief biographical notes. The volume was said to have decided interest. About 150 southern poets were represented by one or more poems, including Poe, Piatt, Ryan, Welby, Lanier, Hayne, Harney, and various others. In an introduction, Harris, said: "So far as the writer knows, this volume is the first of American anthologies devoted wholly to verses produced by southern writers. There have been collections of the war poetry of the south, and there are others that deal with all forms of southern literary talent, but the following pages are given over entirely to collections from the writings of those who have made contributions to American verse." 
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Leypoldt, Frederick (1897). The Literary News: A Monthly Journal of Current Literature. 18 (Public domain ed.). F. Leypoldt.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Peter Paul Book Co. (1896). The Magazine of Poetry and Literary Review. 8 (Public domain ed.). Buffalo, N.Y.: Peter Paul Book Co.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Wanamaker, John (1897). Book News. 15 (Public domain ed.). John Wanamaker.