He was born in London to Thomas Hood and Elizabeth Sands in the Poultry (Cheapside) above his father's bookshop. Hood's paternal family had been Scottish farmers from the village of Errol near Dundee. The Elder Hood was a partner in the business of Verner, Hood, and Sharp, and was a member of the Associated booksellers. Hood's son, Tom Hood, claimed that his grandfather had been the first to opened up the book trade with America and he had great success in new editions of old books.
"Next to being a citizen of the world," writes Thomas Hood in his Literary Reminiscences, "it must be the best thing to be born a citizen of the world's greatest city." On the death of her husband in ... more »
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''A certain portion of the human raceThomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. A Black Job.
Has certainly a taste for being diddled.''
''The best of friends fall out, and soThomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. A True Story.
His teeth had done some years ago.''
''I saw old Autumn in the misty mornThomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. Autumn (l. 1-3). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., ...
Stand shadowless like Silence, listening
''Ben Battle was a soldier bold,Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. Faithless Nelly Gray (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of English Light Verse, The. Kingsley Amis, ed. (1978) O...
And used to war's alarms;
But a cannon-ball took off his legs,
So he laid down his arms.''
''O, Nelly Gray! O, Nelly Gray!Thomas Hood (1799-1845), British poet. repr. In Complete Poetical Works, ed. Walter Jerrold (1906). Faithless Nelly Gray (1826).
Is this your love so warm?
The love that loves a scarlet coat
Should be more uniform!''
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