Richard Hovey

Richard Hovey, from To the End of the Trail (1908). Courtesy Wikipedia.

Richard Hovey (May 4, 1864 - February 24, 1900) was an American poet and dramatist.[1] A graduate of Dartmouth College in 1885, he is known for penning the school Alma Mater, Men of Dartmouth.


Hovey was born in Normal, Illinois, the son of Harriet (Spofford) and Major General Charles Edward Hovey. He grew up in North Amherst, Massachusetts, and in Washington, D.C.. His first volume of poems was privately published in 1880.

Hovey attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1885. His first commercial volume of poetry, The Laurel: An Ode, appeared in 1889.[2].

Hovey married Henriette Russell on January 17, 1894.[3]

He collaborated with Canadian poet Bliss Carman on three volumes of "tramp" verse: Songs from Vagabondia (1894), More Songs from Vagabondia (1896), and Last Songs from Vagabondia (1900), the last being published after Hovey's death.[4]

He died after undergoing minor abdominal surgery in 1900.[5]


Songsfrom vagabondia





  • A Poem and Three Letters. Hanover, NH: Baker Library press, 1935.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. Richard Hovey, Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. Web, Sep. 3, 2013.
  2. Louis Untermayer, "Richard Hovey," Modern American Poetry (NY: Harcourt, Brace, 1930), 136. Print.
  3. "Biographical information," Selected Poetry of Richard Hovey (1864-1900), Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto,, Web, Nov. 26, 2011.
  4. Untermayer, Preface, 13-15.
  5. Meyer, Bruce. "Richard Hovey". In Haralson, Eric L. (ed.) (1998), Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century, p. 217. Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers. ISBN 1579580084.
  6. Search results = au:Richard Hovey, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 3, 2013.

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