Landor, Walter Savage

Landor, Walter Savage
born Jan. 30, 1775, Warwick, Warwickshire, Eng.
died Sept. 17, 1864, Florence, Italy

British writer.

He was educated at Rugby School and Oxford but left both over disagreements with the authorities. A classicist, he originally wrote many of his works in Latin. Though he wrote lyrics, plays, and heroic poems, he is best remembered for his multivolume Imaginary Conversations, prose dialogues between historical personages (1824–53). He spent much of his life in France and Italy.

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▪ British author
born Jan. 30, 1775, Warwick, Warwickshire, Eng.
died Sept. 17, 1864, Florence, Italy

      English poet and writer best remembered for Imaginary Conversations, prose dialogues between historical personages.

      Educated at Rugby School and at Trinity College, Oxford, Landor spent a lifetime quarreling with his father, neighbours, wife, and any authorities at hand who offended him. Paradoxically, he won the friendship of literary men from Robert Southey, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Charles Lamb to Charles Dickens and Robert Browning. Imaginary Conversations, 2 vol. (1824; vol. 3, 1828; and thereafter sporadically to 1853), is his most-celebrated work, though the dialogues' ponderously ornate style obscures their intellectual vigour. Landor's longer poems, Gebir (1798) and the verse drama Count Julian (1812), are similarly laborious. He is at his best in the cool Classicism of his Hellenics (1847), some of which were originally composed in Latin, and above all in his brief but exquisite epigrams. In short poems such as "Ternissa! you are fled!" and "I strove with none; for none was worth my strife," as well as "Dirce," Landor achieves a brilliant combination of wit and tenderness.

Additional Reading
R.H. Super, Walter Savage Landor (1954, reprinted 1977); Robert Pinsky, Landor's Poetry (1968); Malcolm Elwin, Landor: A Replevin (1958, reissued 1970); Charles L. Proudfit (ed.), Landor as Critic (1979); G. Rostrevor Hamilton, Walter Savage Landor (1960).

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