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Francis William Lauderdale Adams Poems

 

Francis William Lauderdale Adams was a 19th century Australian writer although he was actually born on the island of Malta. He lived only a short life but his literary output of poetry, novels and plays was considerable. He also spent time as a journalist, school teacher and was briefly an attaché in Paris. He was born on the 27th September 1862, the son of an army ...

François Villon Poems

 

François Villon was a most colourful character in 15th century France. In literary terms he is generally believed to be the best known French poet of his time but, from a personal perspective, he was a villain who seemed to be constantly at odds with the law and never far from the hangman’s noose. He was, in fact, sentenced to death in 1463 ...

Frank Dalby Davison Poems

 

Frank Dalby Davison was an Australian writer who was born right at the end of the 19th century and whose literary output included poetry, short stories and novels, many of which were about the pioneers who made the country and the diverse animal life that lived there. He is sometimes referred to in his work as “Freddie” Davison, F. D. Davison or Frank ...

Frank Maynard Poems

 

Frank Maynard was a poet and balladeer of the old American West whose major claim to fame is the reworking of a poem called The Cowboy’s Lament, also known (in song) as The Streets of Laredo. This tale was told and sung by cowboys and eventually was listed in the top one hundred Western songs of all time. He enjoyed the wandering life ...

Frank Wilmot Poems

 

Frank Wilmot was an Australian poet born at the end of the 19th century who came to prominence with his 1917 poem To God: from the Weary Nations, although the word “warring” substituted “weary” in a later revised version. Wilmot was speaking out against the conscription of Australian men to the First World War effort. He often used the pseudonym Furnley Maurice for ...

François-Xavier Garneau Poems

 

François-Xavier Garneau was a 19th century French Canadian writer of poetry and historical works. During the mid-1840s he produced a significant study of his country in three volumes called Histoire du Canada. Besides his literary work he was a trained notary and worked for the government in a number of posts including clerk of the legislative assembly. He was born on the 15th June 1809 ...

Frances Anne Kemble Poems

 

Frances Anne Kemble was a 19th century English actress and writer whose literary output included poetry, plays, travel journals and personal memoirs including a famous account of her time living on a Georgia plantation where she experienced first-hand the plight of the slaves there. She came from a famous acting dynasty and was popularly known as “Fanny” Kemble. She was born in London ...

Frances Darwin Cornford Poems

 

Frances Darwin Cornford was an English poet who was a member of the famous Darwin-Wedgewood family. Her ancestry began in the 18th century with Doctor Erasmus Darwin and the founder of the world-famous pottery firm in the English midlands, Josiah Wedgewood. Other notable members of this family line included her grandfather who was the well-known British naturalist Charles Darwin, along with at least ...

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Poems

 

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was a free-born African-American poet and novelist who, during the 19th century, was a leading light in the “Underground Railroad”. This was a network of routes, safe houses and people sympathetic to the plight of fleeing slaves. She worked alongside William Still of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society to help fugitives across the border to British North America (now known as ...

Francis Beaumont Poems

 

Francis Beaumont was an English poet and playwright of the Jacobean era who also had brief ambitions to be a lawyer, though these came to nothing in the end. He is probably best known for his collaborations with dramatists such as John Fletcher with whom he wrote a number of comedies and tragedies for the London stage. He was born sometime around the years ...