Algernon Charles Swinburne
(1837-1909)

Died aged c. 72

Algernon Charles Swinburne (5 April 1837 – 10 April 1909) was an English poet, playwright, novelist, and critic. He wrote several novels and collections of poetry such as Poems and Ballads, and contributed to the famous Eleventh Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. A controversial figure at the time, Swinburne was a sado-masochist and alcoholic and was obsessed with the Middle Ages and lesbianism. Swinburne wrote about many taboo topics, such as lesbianism, cannibalism, sado-masochism, and anti-theism. His poems have many common motifs, such as the Ocean, Time, and Death. Several historical people are featured in his poems, such as Sappho ("Sapphics"), Anactoria ("Anactoria"), Jesus ("Hymn to Proserpine": Galilaee, La. "Galilean") and Catullus ("To Catullus").

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Algernon Charles Swinburne 1837-1909 poet and his friend Theodore Watts-Dunton 1832-1914 poet-novelist-critic lived and died here

11 Putney Hill, SW15 Wandsworth, London, United Kingdom where they lived and died (1909)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti 1828-1882 poet and painter and Algernon Charles Swinburne 1837-1909 poet lived here

16 Cheyne Walk, Kensington and Chelsea, SW3, London, United Kingdom where they lived

East Dene, home of the poet Algernon Charles Swinburne from 1841-1865

East Dene, Bonchurch Village Road, Bonchurch, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom where they lived

The Rose and Crown one of Wimbledon's oldest public houses, dating from the early 17th century. It was a starting point for stage coaches to London. The Victorian poets Leigh Hunt and Algernon Swinburne often met here.

The Rose and Crown, High Street, SW19, London, United Kingdom where they was