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 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 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 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.
Watts sets out the fairly new idea that...
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
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 et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
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Intertextuality and Influence Emily Frederick Clark
The title-page of the first volume quotes Mary Robinson writing on the heart's sufferings, and that of the last volume quotes James Thomson on the eventual reward for suffering of the noble few. The...
Intertextuality and Influence Barbara Hofland
The title-page quotes James Thomson . Uncharacteristically, BH offers meticulous description of landscape and works of art.
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 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...


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.