Thomas Chatterton (1752 70) was only seventeen when he died of
arsenic poisoning. Among his family and friends he was known as a
versifier with a fascination for medieval manuscripts, but none
suspected the true scope of his work. At eleven, he was already
writing poetry, and by the end of his life his love poems, eclogues
and forged medieval pieces numbered in the hundreds. They were to
influence the Romantics for decades after his death. This
three-volume collection of his work, edited by Joseph Cottle and
Robert Southey, first appeared in 1803. Volume 2 contains the
Rowley poems, for which Chatterton is best known. Ironically, they
were never published under his own name in his lifetime: he claimed
that the poems were transcripts he had taken from the work of
Thomas Rowley, a fifteenth-century monk. The value of these
ambitious forgeries is still underappreciated."
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• Robert Southey
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