Marston, John Westland

Marston, John Westland,

1819–90, English playwright and critic. Although his poetic dramas, including The Patrician's Daughter (1842) and The Favourite of Fortune (1866), were popular, he is more noteworthy for his literary criticism, most particularly his review of SwinburneSwinburne, Algernon Charles,
1837–1909, English poet and critic. His poetry is noted for its vitality and for the music of its language. After attending Eton (1849–53) and Oxford (1856–60) he settled in London on an allowance from his father.
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's Atalanta in Calydon. His son Philip Bourke Marston, 1850–87, blind from the age of three, wrote four volumes of verse in the manner of the Pre-RaphaelitesPre-Raphaelites
, brotherhood of English painters and poets formed in 1848 in protest against what they saw as the low standards and decadence of British art. The principal founders were D. G. Rossetti, W.
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; they include Songtide (1871) and Wind Voices (1883).
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