James Thomson

Standard Name: Thomson, James,, 1700 - 1748


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Education Lady Louisa Stuart
LLS grew up under her mother's eye, and was educated through both reading and social contact. She later remembered reading Henry Mackenzie 's The Man of Feeling at fourteen and fearing she might not cry...
Education Georgiana Fullerton
She could read by four-and-a-half, and recalls an early admiration for hymns by Anna Letitia Barbauld and Maria Edgeworth . Julius Cæsar, the first Shakespearean play that she saw, left a lasting impression. Later...
Friends, Associates Martha Fowke
She formed close links with a group of male poets who held opposition political views: James Thomson , Aaron Hill (who was corresponding with her by June 1721), Richard Savage (with whom she was exchanging...
Intertextuality and Influence Jane Harvey
In addition to quotation from Milton , Pope , and Thomson , this book has a Sterne an flavour, with passages titled from sights (like The Theatre Royal and The Merchants's Court) alternating with...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Boyd
A first prologue addresses Pope , and invokes the ghosts of Shakespeare (The Wonder, as the Glory of the Land) and Dryden (Shakespear's Freind) as mentors to EB 's performance in...
Intertextuality and Influence Frances Brooke
Brooke's preface said she had drawn on the book of Ruth, on the Palemon and Lavinia inset story in James Thomson 's Seasons, and on an opera by Favart .
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
55 (1783): 152
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Helme
The title-page bears some lines from James Thomson beginning Ye good distrest! / Ye noble few!, which assure the good that their earthly trials and sufferings will be brief.
Helme, Elizabeth. Louisa. G. Kearsley, 1787.
A preface defends the...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Strutt
The title-page quotes Shakespeare : later on Pope , Thomson , Thomas Tickell , Charles Cotton , and others are quoted too. Characters include a seducer and promiser-breaker who dies in a duel. The central...
Intertextuality and Influence Medora Gordon Byron
Alexander Pope is quoted on the title-page (An Essay on Criticism), James Thomson at the head of the first chapter, John Langhorne for another chapter. The novel opens in the new style of...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Helme
Meanwhile in volume one, after the mother and daughter meet in ignorance of their relationship, they exchange somewhat similar histories of being orphaned (or supposedly orphaned), threatened with sexual violence, and undergoing actually violent emotional...
Intertextuality and Influence Elizabeth Helme
The title-page bears an epigraph from James Thomson , about the moral struggle of honour and aspiration against ease and luxury. It opens on an old-fashioned couple in their great Yorkshire house, Mr and Mrs...
Intertextuality and Influence Dorothea Primrose Campbell
She dedicated the volume to Jane, Duchess of Gordon .
Gordon was well known as a social and political mover. Her reputation included great beauty, quick repartee, excellent business sense, astute match-making, and also coarse...
Intertextuality and Influence Susanna Watts
The title-page quotes James Thomson . The preface declares a serious, anxious, and most sincere desire to inculcate respect and tenderness towards all the inferior creatures.
Watts, Susanna. The Insects in Council. Hurst, Chance; A. Cockshaw, 1828.
Watts sets out the fairly new idea that...
Intertextuality and Influence Barbara Hofland
The title-page quotes James Thomson , and the preface acknowledges the influence of Maria Edgeworth 's The Modern Griselda, 1805.
Garside, Peter, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press, 2000.
2: 366
Intertextuality and Influence Eleanor Sleath
The chapter headings quote a range of canonical or contemporary writers, including Shakespeare , Milton , Pope , Thomson , Goldsmith , William Mason , John Langhorne , Burns , Erasmus Darwin , Edward Young


April 1726
James Thomson published his georgic or pastoralpoemWinter.
The publisher Andrew Millar , a Scotsman, established his printing house at 141 The Strand, London.
8 June 1730
James Thomson published by subscription The Seasons as a four-fold poem, with A Hymn on the Seasons and William Kent 's illustrations.
2 August 1740
James Thomson 's masqueAlfred the Great was first staged, in a special performance for the Prince and Princess of Wales: its pronounced patriotism was of the kind tied to the current political opposition.
May 1748
Only a few months before his death, James Thomson published The Castle of Indolence, an allegoricalpoem in Spenserian stanzas, which had been about fifteen years in the making.