Watts-Dunton, Theodore

Watts-Dunton, Theodore

(Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton), 1832–1914, English poet, novelist, and critic. A member of the staff of the Examiner (1874–76), he became editor of the Athenaeum (1876–98). He was the benefactor 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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, whose life he organized and who lived with him from 1879 to 1909. Watts-Dunton edited many literary classics and contributed important articles to The Encyclopaedia Britannica. Among his works are The Coming of Love (1897); Aylwin (1898), a romantic novel about the Romani (Gypsies); The Christmas Dream (1901); and Old Familiar Faces (1916), a volume of recollections.

Bibliography

See biography by J. Douglas (1904, repr. 1973); M. Beerbohm, "No. 2 The Pines," in And Even Now (1920); M. Panter-Downes, At the Pines (1971).

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