Walter Savage Landor

(30 January 1775 – 17 September 1864 / Warwick)

Walter Savage Landor
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an English writer and poet. His best known works were the prose Imaginary Conversations, and the poem Rose Aylmer, but the critical acclaim he received from contemporary poets and reviewers was not matched by public popularity. As remarkable as his work was, it was equaled by his rumbustious character and lively temperament.

Summary of his work

In a long and active life of eighty-nine years Landor produced a considerable amount of work in various genres. This can perhaps be classified into four main areas – prose, lyric poetry, political writings including epigrams and Latin. His prose and poetry have received most acclaim, but critics are divided in their preference ... more »

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  • ''Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose.''
    Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), British author. Imaginary Conversations, "Archdeacon Hare and Walter Landor," The Last Fruit of an Old Tree (1853).
  • ''Every sect is a moral check on its neighbour. Competition is as wholesome in religion as in commerce.''
    Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), British author. "Martin and Jack," Imaginary Conversations (1824-1829).
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