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Landor, Walter Savage

Summary Article: Landor, Walter Savage from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
English poet and essayist. He lived much of his life abroad, dying in Florence, where he had fled to avoid a libel suit in 1858. His works include the epic poem Gebir (1798), the tragedy Count Julian (1812), and Imaginary Conversations of Literary Men and Statesmen (1824–29). Landor has a high place among prose writers for his restrained and finished style; his shorter poems have the same classic simplicity. A restless life Landor was born in Warwick, the Midlands, and was educated at Rugby school and Oxford University. His whole life was a series of quarrels, extravagances, and escapades of various kinds. His earliest published work was Poems (1795). Gebir had little success, but won him the friendship of the poet Robert Southey. In 1808 he went to Spain to take part in the war against Napole...    Continue Reading
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