Bloomfield was born in Honington, Suffolk, in 1766. He was the son of George Bloomfield, a village tailor who died when his son was less than a year old, and Elizabeth Manby Bloomfield, a schoolmistress who taught her six children to read and write. At the age of six Bloomfield was sent to school for several months in Ixford under the care of a man named Rodwell, before his mother remarried and had another family. Bloomfield’s brother George later recalled that Robert had been able to read even before this, and that early reading matter available to him included the Bible, Pilgrim’s Progress, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, The Deserted Village, and Watts’ Hymns. At eleven, Bloomfield was …
Van-Hagen, Stephen. "Robert Bloomfield". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2006; last revised 18 September 2007.
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