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HAMBERLIN, LAFAYETTE RUPERT (1861–1902). Lafayette Rupert Hamberlin, author and teacher, was born in Clinton, Mississippi, on February 25, 1861, son of a Confederate chaplain and Virginia L. (Stone) Hamberlin. He attended Mississippi College for nearly four years and became principal of a collegiate institute at Greensburg, Louisiana, in 1881. He then attended Richmond College in Richmond, Virginia, where he received a B.A. degree in 1884. After teaching six years in secondary schools in Tennessee and Louisiana, he returned to Richmond College as instructor of elocution. He moved later to the University of North Carolina, where he taught until 1892; that year he became instructor in English at the University of Texas. He resigned that position in 1899 for special study at Harvard University. He taught at Vanderbilt University from 1900 until his death. Hamberlin was well known as a reader and writer of poetry. His works included Lyrics (1880), Seven Songs (1887), Alumni Lilts and Other Lines (1892), A Batch of Rhymes (1893), and Rhymes of the War (1899), as well as several short stories and essays. He died on April 24, 1902, and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia. He was survived by his wife, the former Lily Wilson.


Library of Southern Literature (16 vols., Atlanta: Martin and Hoyt, 1909–13).

Carolyn Hyman

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