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1752, Nov 201770, Aug 24
an English poet. From his earliest years he was liable to fits of abstraction, sitting for hours in what seemed like a trance, or crying for no reason; at eight he was so eager for books that he would read and write all day long if undisturbed; by the age of eleven, he had become a contributor to Felix Farley's Bristol Journal. The first of his literary mysteries, the dialogue of "Elinoure and Juga," was written before he was 12, and he showed it to Thomas Phillips, the usher at the boarding school Colston's Hospital where he was a pupil, pretending it was the work of a 15th-century poet.
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