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. Chatterton is
best known for the Rowley poems, which he claimed were transcribed
from the work of a fifteenth-century monk. Although the precocious
skill of his forgeries, once exposed, often went unrecognised by
critics, Chatterton's legacy influenced 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
1 includes his earliest poetry, and a biography by George Gregory
(also reissued separately in this series)."
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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• Robert Southey
• George Gregory
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