William Hayley

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William Hayley is remembered today as a poet and a man of letters of modest abilities. His reputation rests mainly upon his biography of the poet William Cowper, and his friendship with the major artists and intellectuals of his time, such as William Blake, John Flaxman, Edward Gibbon, William Cowper, Anna Seward, Charlotte Smith, Walter Scott and Amelia Opie.

William Hayley was born in Chichester, Sussex, on 29 October 1745. He was the surviving child of Thomas Hayley, a wealthy and well-educated man, brought up in the Georgian Deanery of Chichester, and of Mary (née Yates), the daughter of a large landowner from Horsham, Sussex. He received his initial education at the Kingston Grammar School of London (1750), where he …

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Citation:
Volpone, Annalisa. "William Hayley". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 July 2010
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