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Thompson, Francis
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(Dec 18, 1859, Preston, Lancashire – Nov 13, 1907, London), English Roman Catholic poet. In 1885, having failed to become a priest or doctor, and having succumbed to opium addiction, he relocated from his native Lancashire to London. Here, while living in filth, despair and penury, he came to know Wilfred Meynell, critic and editor of the Catholic magazine Merry England. Meynell befriended Thompson and was the first to recognize his poetic genius, which arose from a combination of his destitution and Christian faith. Before his premature d…

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Carter, Grayson, “Thompson, Francis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_026057>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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