Lascelles Abercrombie

Lascelles Abercrombie

About Lascelles Abercrombie

Lascelles Abercrombie, also known as the Georgian Laureate, born in Ashton upon Mersey, January 9, 1881 and died October 27, 1938 in London, was a British writer, playwright, poet and critic. He studied science at Ofens College in Manchester for two years, but then turned to journalism as a day job and began writing poetry on the side. His first poem, Blind, appeared in 1907 and his first volume of poetry, Interludien and Poems, appeared in 1908 followed by Emblems of Love in 1912. The early works of John Masefield initially served as a model for his dramas. As a poet he belonged to the Dymock Poets and was included in the collection of Georgian poetry by Edward Marsh. The Oxford University Press published almost all of his poetry in 1930. The only thing missing was The Sale of St. Thomas, which Abercrombie completed in 1931 and is considered to be his most mature work. Among his essays on the English language, the one on Thomas Hardy stands out.
Prior to World War I, he resided for a time at Dymock in Gloucestershire, in a community where Rupert Brooke and Edward Thomas also lived. In 1922, he was appointed professor of English at the University of Leeds. In 1929 he went to the University of London, and in 1935 he obtained a professorship at Oxford.

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No poet will ever take the written word as a substitute for the spoken word; he knows that it is on the spoken word, and the spoken word only, that his art is founded.

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