James Thomson

Standard Name: Thomson, James,, 1700 - 1748


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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...
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...
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 Mary Latter
The first letter, the earliest piece in the volume, was said to have been written seventeen years ago at the age of seventeen: to Myra, which suggests that ML may have been one among...
Intertextuality and Influence Mary Deverell
Each of the seven sermons in this edition has a topic, and an introductory verse quotation: from Young , Milton , Prior , Blair , Thomson , and Pope . MD 's repeated claims to...
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Maria Mackenzie
The novel begins without preliminary paratext. An epigraph from James Thomson (Ah! little think the gay licentious proud . . .) declares sympathy for the underdog, but this is not, as the title...
Intertextuality and Influence Anne Grant
When it was printed, each of its five parts was headed with a prose Argument. In a style reminiscent of James Thomson (whose name is invoked
Grant, Anne. Poems on Various Subjects. Printed for the Author by J. Moir.
along with that of Ossian and others)...
Intertextuality and Influence Sarah Green
Under a perfunctory pretence of writing about the monarchs Henry VI and Edward IV , with dignifying chapter-headings from Shakespeare , Milton , Thomson , Prior , Gray , Pope , and the poems of...
Intertextuality and Influence Anne Plumptre
AP quotes Pope on her title-page (about indifference to fame) and Shakespeare , Thomson , Savage , and others as chapter-headings. She sets her novel around the lakes of Killarney in Ireland. Antonia is...
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 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 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 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
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.
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...


April 1726: James Thomson published his georgic or pastoral...

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April 1726

James Thomson published his georgic or pastoralpoemWinter.

1729: The publisher Andrew Millar, a Scotsman,...

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The publisher Andrew Millar , a Scotsman, established his printing house at 141 The Strand, London.

8 June 1730: James Thomson published by subscription The...

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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 masque Alfred the Great was...

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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...

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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.


Thomson, James. Winter. J. Millan, 1726.