James Thomson (B.V.)

James Thomson (B.V.)

James Thomson (B.V.)

James Thomson (B.V.)

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My initial impulse to write this story of James Thomson (B.V.) sprang from my disappointment at the failure of previous works, even those contributing most to the knowledge of the poet, to consider adequately the significant relations between the man and his literary productions. The H. S. Salt biography, invaluable especially for factual material, first gives the data of Thomson's life and then considers his writings by categories, thus not only divorcing the two but also obscuring the chronology of the works. Bertram Dobell's Memoir, printed as an introduction to The Poetical Works of James Thomson, B.V., and his The Laureate of Pessimism both err on the side of brevity, giving too little information concerning the life. None of these three gives as full an understanding of Thomson and his works as I believe is possible; much less do such studies as James E. Meeker The Life and Poetry of James Thomson (B.V.), Josefine Weissel's James Thomson der Jüngere, sein Leben und seine Werke, William Maccall A Nirvana Trilogy, or even the best of this group, Jeannette Marks chapter on Thomson in Genius and Disaster.

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