Sunday, 3 March 2019

727) Horace Binney Wallace

Horace Binney Wallace (1817 – 1852). American attorney, critic of art and literature and author. He was a member of the Bar of Philadelphia.
Wallace published under a number of pseudonyms during his career, including "William S. Somner", "William Landor" and "John H. Meredith". He contributed to many magazines including Graham's Magazine, Godey's Lady's Book, and The Knickerbocker. He is well known for having published in Burton's Gentleman's Magazine at the same time as Edgar Allan Poe, with whom he corresponded. Poe wrote that "He is an elaborately careful, stiff, and pedantic writer, with much affectation and great talent. Should he devote himself ultimately to letters, he cannot fail of high success."
He died at the age of thirty-five in the Hotel des Bains, Paris. His obituary, written by his uncle Horace Binney, says his nephew's cause of death was related to a "diseased cerebral action, induced by some lesion of the blood-vessels in the brain," but it was later revealed that he died by suicide, having cut his throat.

- "She probably also hadn't recalled him at first, because he gave no great physical impression: rather slight, with curling ginger hair and a polite but reserved bearing."…

- "With bright red hair, Wallace playfully advocated the innate superiority of the rosso.…

- "He was slight of build, with red hair."…

- "He had some fanciful theories about the traits of character usually found in conjunction with red hair. As he and I were both distinguished by this feature, I was much pleased to learn from him that "the highest effort of nature is to produce a rosso."…/reminiscences_1819…/chapter_11

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