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William Ellery Channing

(1780—1842)


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(1780–1842),

an American Unitarian clergyman, exercised a marked influence on American intellectual life, and is considered a forerunner of the Transcendentalists. His Remarks on American Literature (1830) calls for a Literary Declaration of Independence.

His nephew, also William Ellery Channing (1818–1901), poet and Transcendentalist, is remembered largely as the friend of Emerson and of Thoreau, whose biography Channing wrote.

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