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John Hookham Frere

(1769—1846) diplomatist and author


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(1769–1846),

friend of Canning, an MP, and an official of the Foreign Office. While at Eton Frere wrote a translation of Brunanburh, and was one of the founders of the Microcosm periodical (1786–7). He contributed humorous verse to the Anti‐Jacobin, including most of ‘The Loves of the Triangles’ (a parody of E. Darwin). He collaborated in Ellis's Specimens of the Early English Poets (1801), and in Southey's Chronicle of the Cid. He was one of the founders of the Quarterly Review in 1809, and an adviser to John Murray the publisher. He is chiefly remembered as the inspirer of the style, stanza, and idiom of Beppo and Don Juan, which Byron adapted from Frere's mock‐epic on King Arthur (1817). Frere also published lively metrical versions of Aristophanes: Frogs (1839); Acharnians, Knights, and Birds in 1840; and Theognis Restitutus (1842).

Subjects: Literature.


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