Autobiography, by Herbert Thompson

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      GB 206 MS 78
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      209 ff., unbound Contemporary ink foliation. Written in a sloping hand, the author's autograph, with numerous corrections and erasures. The box is lettered: Herbert Thompson, Litt. D., 1856-1945. MS Autobiography

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Contains recollections of the author's life and career, including his Yorkshire ancestry; earliest recollection, of the death of the Prince Consort in 1861; school in Wiesbaden, 1872-73; St John's College, Cambridge; ambition to be an artist; study of law, 1878-1886; record of important concerts heard in London and elsewhere; travels abroad; musical criticism, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

Herbert Thompson was born at Hunslet, Leeds, on 11th August 1856. He was educated privately, partly at Wiesbaden in Germany, and at St John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1878 and later took the degree of LL.M. in 1881. After a career in law his deep interest in music drew him back to Leeds to accept the offer of a position with the Yorkshire Post as music and art critic in 1886. In 1897 he married Edith Mary Sparks, daughter of the honorary secretary of the Leeds Musical Festival. He also became the Yorkshire correspondent of the Musical Times. His writings included a study of Wagner in 1927 and contributions to Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He was awarded an honorary Litt.D. by the University of Leeds in 1924, and retired from the Yorkshire Post in 1936. He died on 6 May 1945

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