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5 April 1837 - 10 April 1909

Painting by William Bell Scott

. . . What is a fanlisting? . . .

"A fanlisting is a place for all fans of a particular show, movie, actor, actress, singer, etc. to come together and build the biggest listing of people from all around the world who are fans of that subject."

This is a fanlisting for the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne. Swinburne, characterised once as a "laureate of a pack of satyrs" by John Morley, was born in London, educated in France and fancifully enough, was also a radiant redhead, a saved alcoholic, and a nihilist. Ah, but the years they do part us.

He had what was oft termed a "demoniac" personality. Was known for wild behaviour, but equally known for promoting a wildness he didn't partake of. *winks* That's my guy.

Thomas Hardy's A Singer Asleep was written by Swinburne's grave. I read on one site the reason for his lack of popularity was due to TS Eliot's low opinion of him. I'll have to read up on that thread of possibility. I don't know if it's a low opinion of his work or his person. I'd be interested to know which it was.

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