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Thomas Chatterton The Poet

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The Aim of the

Chatterton Manuscript Project

To Present Images of all

Chattertonian Manuscripts

& First Printings

Always the Source

Never the Interpretation

That being said

I listened as Prof. Nick Groom

Recited & Explained an African Eclogue

By Chatterton - A true delight!

And an eye opener!

Join me and Fulfil the Promise

Of the Thomas Chatterton

Manuscript Project.

  Do you Know Anything...

...of  the Chatterton Story?  

I know it is full of confusion

and conflicting views!

And I know he did forgeries

and died in London.

  The End & The Beginning... 

  ..and so to bed,

where I lay my head,

  Never to rise again!  

On the night of the 24th August 1770,

Chatterton laid his head

On the pillow of his pallet bed

He was 12 weeks short

Of his 18th birthday!

But that is not the end

Not even close to the end:-

In fact it was the start of it all!

Chatterton became famously famous

Dozens of books were writ

Plays were played from Spain to France

Paintings were painted

Engravings were, well, engraved

Pots were turned -it's true, I have one

& Handkerchiefs were printed

Chatterton was the Talk of the Town

and Country (magazine)

His story went viral worldwide

Impossible!

A Poor Uneducated Working Class

Charity School Boy Pfft!

Produce such works - What!

Impossible!

He became the Darling of the Romantics

A true Influencer of his own times & beyond.

 

He Created a Medieval world

Complete with Buildings

& Heroes and Villains &

Adapted the English language

To suit his new World

All without the Help of

RPG or CGI

Whatever that is!

Although he did have a candle

For those dark evenings

More importantly he was 

A Mother's Son

A Cheeky Monkey

A Sister's Brother

A Bristowyan

A Poet!

A Wit.

One of Chatterton's

Most Famous Works

Bristows Tragedy or

The Death of Sr Charles Bawdin

 Was published in the 1776 edition of

The Annual Register

The American Declaration of Independence.

Appeared in the Same Volume.

A Review of Chatterton's Life & Works

Is on pages 155 to 165.

Bristows Tragedy

 Is on pages 211 to 221.

A total of 21 pages for Chatterton.

The Article Covering 

The Declaration of Independence

Runs from pages 261-270

A total of only 10 pages.

 

A Silly but Fun Fact!

Bristows Tragedy Manuscript

Bristows Tragedy or the Death of Sr Charles Bawdin.

Composed by Chatterton in 1768.

Is this the original manuscript or a copy?

A good one to investigate & research

Early Printing Bristows Tragedy

From Old Ballads 1784

Published as 'Rowlie's'

(With no mention of Chatterton)

Thomas Chatterton

Was A loving Son and Brother,

With an "Accelerated Mentality"

(a 1920s Bristolian phrase?).

It is clear that our Working-Class Lad had

Exceptional and Extraordinary Abilities

 But we should also note that

His life is as important as his works

 ​For to truly appreciate the song,

You must also appreciate the singer!

 

It is time to reclaim Chatterton

An amazing young poet,

Storyteller,  Journalist,

Playwright, Wit

&

A bit of a Wag

A villain with wings

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