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1913 POETRY PROSE FRANCIS THOMPSON 1ST EDITION 3 VOLUME COMPLETE SET LEATHER RARE $$
Burns & Oates Ltd. 1913 - THE WORKS OF FRANCIS THOMPSON N.D. But 1913; Francis Thompson; Burns & Oates Ltd.; First Edition, 7th/6th/6th Thousand; Rebound Leather, Truslove & Hanson Bindery; Each About 220 Pages; w5.7"xh8.3"; Rare!!! Great For any Fan of the Famous Author or Collector. Great Gift Idea; Complete in Three Volumes!!! ATTRIBUTES: Three Lovely, sleek green cloth cover designs with dark green leather bindings/corners, gold borders, gold tops of pages, pretty gold binding, marble end pages, with three great frontispieces/facsimile signatures and some Classic Prose and Poetry!!! BACKGROUND: Francis Thompson (16 December 1859 – 13 November 1907) was an English poet and ascetic. After attending college, he moved to London to become a writer, but, in menial work, became addicted to opium, and was a street vagrant for years. A married couple read his poetry and rescued him, publishing his first book Poems in 1893. Thompson lived as an unbalanced invalid in Wales and at Storrington, but wrote three books of poetry, with other works and essays, before dying of tuberculosis in 1907. Thompson attempted suicide in his nadir of despair, but was saved from completing the action through a vision which he believed to be that of a youthful poet Thomas Chatterton, who had committed suicide almost a century earlier. A prostitute - whose identity Thompson never revealed - befriended him, gave him lodgings and shared her income with him. Thompson was later to describe her in his poetry as his saviour. She soon disappeared, however, never to return, in his estimation because she feared she would taint his growing reputation. In 1888, he had been 'discovered' after sending his poetry to the magazine Merrie England. He had been sought out by the editors of 'Merrie England', Wilfrid and Alice Meynell. Recognizing the value of his work, the couple gave him a home and arranged for publication of his first book Poems in 1893. The book attracted the attention of sympathetic critics in the St James's Gazette and other newspapers, and Coventry Patmore wrote a eulogistic notice in the Fortnightly Review of January 1894. His most famous poem, The Hound of Heaven, describes the pursuit of the human soul by God. This poem is the source of the phrase "with all deliberate speed," used by the Supreme Court in Brown II, the remedy phase of the famous decision on school desegregation. A phrase in his The Kingdom of God is the source of the title of Han Suyin's novel and the movie Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing. In addition, Thompson wrote the most famous cricket poem, the nostalgic At Lord's. He also wrote Sister Songs (1895), New Poems (1897), and a posthumously published essay, "Shelley" (1909). He wrote a treatise On Health and Holiness, dealing with the ascetic life, which was published in 1905. CONDITION: Conditions are Good+/Very Good. Some wear to edges, few scratches to mid front of one, few darken marks to another, small inscription, pages/hinges/text blocks are very good/excellent for 102 years old!!! [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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