Alfred Austin

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Alfred Austin (May 3, 18351913) was an English poet.

He was born in Leeds and studied at the University of London. He became a barrister in 1857 before leaving law to concentrate on literature. From 1883 to 1895 he edited the National Review and in 1896 he was appointed Poet Laureate.

Among his works are The Season: a Satire (1861) and The Human Tragedy (1862). His autobiography was published in 1911 and he also wrote plays. He had many critics in his own time, and he is little read today.


Preceded by:
Lord Tennyson
British Poet Laureate
1892–1913
Succeeded by:
Robert Bridges

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