Matthew Arnold

poet and critic

Died aged 65

Matthew Arnold (24 December 1822 – 15 April 1888) was an English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the celebrated headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to both Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator. Matthew Arnold has been characterised as a sage writer, a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues. He was also an inspector of schools for thirty-five years, and supported the concept of state-regulated secondary education.

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Matthew Arnold 1822-1888 poet and critic lived here

2 Chester Square, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888) lived here 1868-1873

Byron House, Clonmel Close, Byron Hill Road, Harrow-on-the-Hill, London, United Kingdom where they lived

1822-1888 Matthew Arnold English critic & poet died nearby

Alfred Stocks Court, Turner Close, Liverpool, United Kingdom where they died near (1888)