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Swinburne (1837 - 1909)

Lifespan: 1837 - 1909

Related: alcoholism - British literature - decadent movement - Victorian literature - poetry - erotic spanking - sadomasochism


Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837 - 1909) was a Victorian era English poet. His poetry was highly controversial in its day, much of it containing recurring themes of sadomasochism, death-wish, lesbianism and anti-Christian sentiments.

He was an alcoholic and a highly excitable character. His health suffered as a result, until he finally had a mental and physical breakdown and was taken into care by his friend Theodore Watts, who looked after him for the rest of his life in Putney. Thereafter he lost his youthful rebelliousness and developed into a figure of social respectability.

--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algernon_Charles_Swinburne [Sept 2004, Nov 2006]

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