Thomas Lovell Beddoes (2040 words)


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Thomas Lovell Beddoes was born June 30, 1803, at Clifton, Bristol. His parents were the famous Dr. Thomas Beddoes, physician, scientist, co-founder of the Pneumatic Institute, doctor and friend to Coleridge, and Anna Maria Edgeworth, sister to novelist Maria Edgeworth. After proving himself an intelligent but disruptive student at Charterhouse School, T. L. Beddoes entered Pembroke, Oxford, publishing a volume of poems, The Improvisatore (1821), and his first play, The Brides’ Tragedy (1822), while still a student there. The Brides’ Tragedy in particular garnered impressive critical attention, and Beddoes seemed on the brink of a successful literary career. He spent the summer of 1823 reading for his …

Citation: Rees, Shelley S.. "Thomas Lovell Beddoes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 February 2006 [, accessed 05 August 2020.]

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