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Capel Lofft

(1751—1824) radical editor and writer


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(1751–1824) Barrister, reformer, and eccentric, who lived on his family estate near Bury St Edmunds and corresponded with many eminent literary figures. He published poems and essays, but is perhaps best remembered for his support of Robert Bloomfield, whose poem The Farmer's Boy (1800) he edited (claiming to have made only ‘occasional corrections…with respect to orthography and sometimes in the grammatical construction’). His son, also Capel Lofft (1806–73) and also somewhat eccentric, complained that his father's ‘love of literature was excessive’ in his own ‘mental autobiography’, Self-Formation (1837); he also wrote an epic on Chartism called Ernest (1839).

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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