Thomas Lovell Beddoes

(1803—1849) poet

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published in 1821 The Improvisatore and in 1822 The Bride's Tragedy. His most important work, Death's Jest‐Book, or the Fool's Tragedy (1850), appeared after his death by suicide at Basle. It is in blank verse, heavily influenced by Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedy, and shows Beddoes's obsession with the macabre, the supernatural, and bodily decay. He is now best known for his shorter pieces, such as ‘Dream Pedlary’ and the lyrics which appear in Death's Jest‐Book.

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