Writers of the American Renaissance

Name these poets, fiction writers, and thinkers who helped the US reach "its first maturity" between 1830 and 1865 (give or take).
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Writer
Lived
Birthplace
Representative Work
Washington Irving
1783-1859
New York, NY
"Rip Van Winkle" (short story)
James Fenimore Cooper
1789-1851
Burlington, NJ
Leatherstocking Tales (story collection)
William Cullen Bryant
1794-1878
Cummington, MA
"Thanatopsis" (poem)
Sojourner Truth
1797-1883
Rifton, NY
"Ain't I a Woman?" (speech)
Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803-1882
Boston, MA
"Self-Reliance" (essay)
Nathaniel Hawthorne
1804-1864
Salem, MA
The House of the Seven Gables (novel)
William Lloyd Garrison
1805-1879
Newburyport, MA
"The Tragedy at Harper's Ferry" (editorial)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
1807-1882
Portland, ME
The Song of Hiawatha (epic poem)
John Greenleaf Whittier
1807-1892
Haverhill, MA
Justice and Expediency; or, Slavery Considered with a View to Its Rightful and Effectual Remedy, Abolition (pamphlet)
Edgar Allan Poe
1809-1849
Boston, MA
"The Masque of the Red Death" (short story)
Abraham Lincoln
1809-1865
Hodgenville, KY
"House Divided" (speech)
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
1809-1894
Cambridge, MA
The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (essay collection)
Margaret Fuller
1810-1850
Cambridge, MA
Woman in the Nineteenth Century (book-length essay)
Harriet Beecher Stowe
1811-1896
Litchfield, CT
Uncle Tom's Cabin (novel)
Harriet Jacobs
1813-1897
Edenton, NC
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (autobiography)
Henry David Thoreau
1817-1862
Concord, MA
A Week on the Concord & Merrimack Rivers (travelogue/nature writing)
Frederick Douglass
1818-1895
Cordova, MD
"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" (speech)
Herman Melville
1819-1891
New York, NY
"Bartleby the Scrivener" (short story)
Walt Whitman
1819-1892
West Hills, NY
"O Captain! My Captain!" (poem)
Emily Dickinson
1830-1886
Amherst, MA
"Because I could not stop for Death" (poem)
Louisa May Alcott
1832-1888
Germantown, PA
Jo's Boys and How They Turned Out (novel)
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