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Henry Cuyler Bunner

(1855 - 1896)

Henry Cuyler Bunner was an American novelist, poet, and journalist, born on August 3, 1855, in Oswego, New York. He is best known for his witty and satirical writings that resonated with the charm of local color and captured the evolving spirit of American humor during the late 19th century. Bunner served as the editor of Puck, one of America's leading humor magazines, significantly influencing its tone and direction.

His literary works display a keen understanding of human nature and society. Among his most notable works is the novelette "The Midge," which deftly combines social commentary with a light narrative style. Bunner's poetry, which includes verses like "The Way to Arcady" and "The Love Letters of Smith," often showcases his gentle humor and penchant for tender sentiment.

Despite enjoying contemporary popularity, Bunner's works would later be overshadowed by the changing literary tides. Nevertheless, he is remembered for his contribution to American letters and his role in defining the humoristic style of writing in the post-Civil War era. Henry Cuyler Bunner left a legacy as a beloved humorist, poet, and editor upon his untimely death on May 11, 1896, in Nutley, New Jersey.

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