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1819, 1882 etc

 
 
Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2020 07:06 am
I would appreciate it if someone would explain the following. American writers show a pronounced tendency to be born ( not approximately but precisely ) in 1809 or 1819 (ten years' difference) and to die in either 1882 or 1892 (ten years' difference):

born 1809:
Poe
Holmes

born 1819:
Lowell
Whitman
Melville

died 1882:
Dana
Emerson
Longfellow

died 1892:
Whitman
Whittier

 
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Reply Sun 18 Oct, 2020 07:43 am
@Jedothek ,
I would explain that it's a painfully tiny sample size, as more than 10 American writers publish every single week day. Even in the 19th century, more than 10 were published every month if not week.

Your sample doesn't include-- if we want to strictly stay with white Easterners --Bronson and Louisa May Alcott, Thoreau, and (IIRC that he was from the Eastern US), Horatio Alger. This is just people I can name off the top of my head.

It also doesn't include obscure authors who didn't stand the test of time.

Oh, and I believe Harriet Beecher Stowe also fits my limited criteria.

Like virtually every kind of conspiracy theory (they tend to have similar thinking behind them), it's a tiny sample size which fits a few arcane criteria, and ignores any counter examples.
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