Francis Thompson

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Birthday
16, 1859
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Nov 13, 1907 (47)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
16, 1859
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Nov 13, 1907 (47)

About

English poet known for his ascetic lifestyle and for his poem "The Hound of Heaven." His other literary works include Sister Songs and On Health and Holiness.

Before Fame

He studied to be a doctor; however, this career did not interest him, and he promptly moved to England to become a writer.

Trivia

He was an opium addict and vagrant in London for several years. However, toward the end of the 1880s, his poetry was discovered and promoted by the editors of a literary publication entitled Merrie England.

Family Life

He never married but was taken in by a prostitute who supported him financially until his 1907 death from tuberculosis.

Associated With

His work influenced Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkein.