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British Author Pages

 

William Harrison Ainsworth

 

Sir Max Beerbohm

 

William Camden

 

Charles Dickens

 

Leigh Hunt

 

Charles Lamb

 

Somerset Maugham

 

John Ruskin

 

Robert Southey

 

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

 

William Makepeace Thackeray

 

H.G. Wells

 

William Wordsworth

 

Documents by the 19th-Century British Poet Laureates

 

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American Authors and Statesmen

 

Bronson Alcott

 

Louisa May Alcott

 

William Cullen Bryant

 

James Fenimore Cooper

 

Richard henry Dana

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Zane Grey

 

Horace Greeley

 

Bret Harte

 

William Dean Howells

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Washington Irving

 

James Madison

 

Edwin Markham

 

Carl Sandburg

 

John Steinbeck

 

Henry David Thoreau

 

Mark Twain

The 19th-Century British Poet Laureates

Documents by the 19th-Century British Poet Laureates

The post of British Poet Laureate has existed in some form since 1189, and though it was traditionally a position held for life, it is now held for a period of ten years. During the 19th century, five different men held the post, though Henry James Pye was appointed in the late 18th century and served until 1813, and Alfred Austin was appointed in 1896 and served most of his term during the early 20th century. The three men who served in between those two, and who indeed served for 83 of the years of the 19th century, were Robert Southey (served 1813-1843), William Wordsworth (served 1843-1850), and Alfred, Lord Tennyson (served 1850-1892). At Louisiana Tech we are fortunate to have documents by all three of these men in The Frellsen Fletcher Smith Collection, including handwritten poems by all three men. For more information about these documents click on the author links to the left.

- Dr. Rick Simmons, Department of English, Louisiana Tech University

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Above: The signatures of Poet Laureates Robert Southey, William Wordsworth, and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, as they appear on documents in the Frellsen Fletcher Smith Collection.