John Fiske, 1842-1901

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Biographical note

Miscellaneous writer, was born at Hartford, Connecticut. The family name was Green; but this he dropped, and adopted that of his mother’s family. After being at Harvard he studied for, and was admitted to, the Bar, but did not practise. He wrote on a variety of subjects, including mythology, history, and evolution. Among his books on these subjects are, Myths and Mythmakers [1872], Cosmic Philosophy, Darwinism, The Idea of God, Origin of Evil. He was also the author of many works on America. These include Old Virginia, New France and New England, The American Revolution, and Discovery of America [1892].

[From A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin, 1910]

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