The Fisher by William Watson. Poem c1935, manuscript on one sheet of paper, held within glass frame.
Papers of William Watson, 1858-1935, poet
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William Watson was born at Burley-in-Wharfedale, Yorkshire, England, in 1858. In 1880, he published his first book The Prince's Quest. Recognition came with the publication of Wordsworth's Grave in 1890; and fame with the publication of the second edition in 1891, and with the appearance in the Fortnightly Review, August 1891, of an article by Grant Alien entitled A New Poet. During the years 1890-1892 , he contributed articles to the National Review, Spectator, Illustrated London News, Academy, Bookman and Atlanta, which were collected and republished in 1893 as Excursions in Criticism. In 1893, he also published Lacrymae Musaram and The Eloping Angels, a serio-comic trifle dedicated to Grant Alien. During this year William Gladstone bestowed on him the Civil List pension of £200. In 1894, he published Odes and Other Poems, and in 1895, The Father of the Forest. The volume contained a sonnet named To the Turk in Armenia, which was a prelude to the series of sonnets about Armenia, which was, in turn, contributed to the Westminster Gazette and republished in a brochure called The Purple East in 1896. These sonnets were republished with revision and considerable additions, and a preface by the bishop of Hereford, in The Year of Shame in 1897.In 1898, he published his Collected Poems and a volume of new poetry The Hope of the World. In 1900, he married Maureen Pring, with whom he had two daughters. In 1902, he printed privately 50 copies of New Poems, and in 1903 besides a volume of Selected Poems, a collection of poems he contributed to various periodicals and called For England: Poems Written During Estrangement, a poetical defence of his patriotism during the Boer War. He was knighted in 1917. He died in 1935.
Source: Who Was Who, 1929-1940, (London, 1941).
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Deposited, June 1960, ACCN 1068
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