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BROOKS, Charles Timothy, author, born in Salem, Massachusetts, 20 June, 1813; died in Newport, Rhode Island, 14 June, 1883. He was graduated at Harvard in 1832. After studying theology he began to preach in Nahant, Massachusetts, in 1835, and, after officiating in various New England towns, became, 4 June, 1837, pastor of the Unitarian church in Newport, Rhode Island, Dr. Channing preaching the ordination sermon. Mr. Brooks was noted for his translations from the German, among which were Schiller's "William Tell" (Providence, 1838); "Songs and Ballads from the German," forming one volume of George Ripley's "Specimens of Foreign Standard Literature" (Boston, 1842); Schiller's "Homage of the Arts" (Boston, 1847; 2d ed., New York, 1870); "German Lyrics" (Boston, 1853); Goethe's "Faust" in the original metres (1856); "Life, Opinions, Actions, and Fate of Hieronymus Jobs, the Candidate," a satirical poem, popular in Germany (Philadelphia, 1863); Richter's "Titan" and "Hesperus" (1865); Schefer's "Layman's Breviary" (1867) and "World-Priest" (1873); Ruckert's "Wisdom of the Brahmin" (Boston, 1882); and several children's books. Mr. Brooks also wrote "Aquidneck," a poem delivered at the hundredth anniversary of the Redwood library (Newport, 1848); "The Controversy touching the Old Stone Mill," opposing the theory that it was built by the Northmen (Newport, 1851); "Songs of Field and Flood," a volume of poems (Boston, 1854); " William Ellery Channing, A Centennial Memory" (Boston, 1880); a volume of sermons, and numerous occasional verses. Among his unpublished translations are Schiller's "Mary Stuart" and "Joan of Arc" (1840): the "Autobiography of Klaus Harms"; Richter's "Selina"; Grillparzer's "Ahn-frau"; Immermann's "Der letzte Tulifant," and Hams Sachs's play, "The Unlike Children of Eve," first acted in 1553. In 1853, after a voyage to India for his health, Mr. Brooks wrote a narrative entitled " Eight Months on the Ocean and Eight Weeks in India," which is also still in manuscript. A collection of his poems, original and translated, with a memoir by Charles W. Wendte, was published in Boston after his death.
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