NW Quadrant, East of Rock Creek, Civil War Era, Journalists, LGBTQ, Also of Interest

Charles Warren Stoddard
(August 7, 1843, – April 23, 1909)

300 N St. NW, Truxton Circle neighborhood, DC.

Stoddard lived at this address from 1889 to 1892, while Head of the English Department at the Catholic University of America.

He published a novel, For the Pleasure of His Company (1903), a volume of poetry, Poems (1867), and at least 13 nonfiction travel books, including South Sea Idyls (1873), Mashallah!: A Flight Into Egypt (1881), The Lepers of Molokai (1885), and Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska (1899). He also wrote a memoir about his conversion to Catholicism, A Troubled Heart and How It Was Comforted (1885). In addition, Stoddard wrote journalism, as a correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle, and as co-editor of the Overland Monthly.

Stoddard credited Walt Whitman's "Calamus" poems as an inspiration for much of his homoerotic writing about the natives of the South Seas. He developed life-long literary friendships with Ambrose Bierce, Henry Adams, and Joaquin Miller, among others.

Photo of author courtesy of Library of Congress.