The Boy Bandying Parts with Shakespeare!
Chatterton's Short Life
Lasted from 1752 to 1770
A total of 17 years 9 months.
A Bald and stark statement
Of a tiny existence
- 17 years and 9 months-
Break it Down &
It Becomes Truly Stark:
5 years: As a Pre-School Child in Bristol.
1 month: As a Pupil at a Charity School
Expelled as too Dull to Learn
(5 or 6 years old)
2 years 7 months: Home Schooled by his mother, Sarah, & sister, Mary.
6 years 11 months: 'Imprisoned' as a pupil at Colston's Boarding School
2 years 10 months: As an unpaid Scrivener at Lambert's Solicitors.
37 days: In Shoreditch, London, sharing a bed with the son of his relative Mrs Ballance.
85 days: In Holborn, London, lodging in an attic room (privacy at last), in the house of Mrs Angel, a Sacque Maker. The End!
A short life indeed!
But, as short as his life was
His imaginative touch,
& sense of fun,
Reached many countries
& stretched across the centuries
Not bad for a poet who was
'But a boy!'
Biographia Britannica Vol 4
The First Full biography (1789)
(Starts with the phrase; 'Appendix to Letter C. No. 1, Vol 3,
page 450,' which is not available yet)
An Anecdote rather than a Biography.
Unlike the others he claims to have known Chatterton three months before he left Bristol (1798).
Original Poems of the Late Unfortunate Thomas Chatterton (GoogleDocs)
Not Ready Yet - photos due from my copy.
Bristol and its Famous Associations.
A section devoted to Chatterton.
Includes the first printing of photographs of Chatterton's 'Will.'
Also, the first published images of Burgum and Catcott.
More to come
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