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Selected Poems of Francis Thompson - Methuen, 1909


Title: Selected Poems of Francis Thompson
Author: Francis Thompson
Publisher: Methuen
Publication Date: 1909
Format: Hardcover
Condition: This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear. There is an inscription on the first page.

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Reader's note

Add a touch of vintage chic to your bookshelf with this beautiful edition of Francis Thompson’s Selected Poems. Thompson was an English poet and Catholic mystic. At the behest of his father, a doctor, he entered medical school at the age of 18, but at 26 left home to pursue his talent as a writer and poet. He spent three years on the streets of London, supporting himself with menial labour, becoming addicted to opium which he took to relieve a nervous problem. In 1888 Wilfrid and Alice Meynell read his poetry and took the opium-addicted and homeless writer into their home for a time, later publishing his first volume, Poems, in 1893. In 1897, he began writing prose, drawing inspiration from life in the countryside, Wales and Storrington. His health, always fragile, continued to deteriorate and he died of tuberculosis in 1907. By that time he had published three books of poetry, along with other works and essays. The perfect gift for all lovers of classic literature and rare, vintage books.