Robert Bloomfield (8292 words)

Stephen Van-Hagen (University of Coventry)
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Robert Bloomfield was born in Honington, Suffolk, in early December, 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 ProgressElegy Written in a Country ChurchyardThe Deserted Village, and …

Citation: Van-Hagen, Stephen. "Robert Bloomfield". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2006; last revised 08 March 2022. [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=452, accessed 02 December 2022.]

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