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Abbey's collected works, Poems of Henry Abbey, first appeared in , published by D. This book was republished—enlarged from to pages—at Abbey's expense in , and in it was published again at the author's expense with thirteen poems added. Its fourth and final publication, with nine more poems and pages, appeared in , this time again by D.

Abbey's work received a mixed reception in the American press: the Atlantic Monthly, in an anonymous review of Stories in Verse in , condemned the "kalaidoscopic effects" and the "preposterously unmeaning color and glitter" of his rhetoric p. The review says that some of Abbey's language "jars on the ear" and calls the verse "awkward" p.

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Probably the most damning critical review to appear in Abbey's lifetime was Pierre LaRose's cruelly derisive article in the Chap-book singling him out as America's ultimate example of "The Very Minor Poet. Abbey was treated quite respectfully in the English press: the edition of his collected poems quotes such comments as "His book has sterling merit and evinces soundness of heart and facility of rhyme," from the London Morning Post; "Mr.

Abbey tells his story clearly and effectively; his sympathies are manly, warm, and true," from the London Academy; and "The stories.

A genial figure, Abbey was well liked by both his literary and his business associates; his warm obituary in the Bookman notes "a most generous friendliness coupled with a shy modesty" p. Upon his death of heart disease in a sanitarium in Tenafly, New Jersey, the respect and affection in which Abbey was held in his home city was reflected in the inscription placed on his headstone: "The Bard of Kingston. A warm assessment of his life and work is in an obituary notice by Ernest Ingersoll in the Bookman, May In much of his work, Abbey displays traditional characteristics of the nineteenth-century American poetic approach.

He uses inversions and has fluid feel; most commonly known for his "Disregard women, acquire currency" motto, his style takes notable influence from that of English poet James Henry Leigh Hunt.