Thomas Lovell Beddoes

PemBook: The complete works of Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Student, 1820-1823

Thomas Lovell Beddoes was a poet, dramatist and physician whose work shows a constant preoccupation with death. After graduating from Pembroke, he went to Göttingen to study medicine, motivated by his hope of discovering physical evidence of a human spirit which survives the death of the body. He was expelled, and then went to Würzburg to complete his training. His political views lead to him being deported from Bavaria in 1833, and had to leave Zürich, where he had settled, in 1840. He continued to write, but published nothing. He led an itinerant life after leaving Switzerland, returning to England only in 1846, before going back to Germany. He became increasingly disturbed, and committed suicide by poison at Basel, in 1849, at the age of 45.

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Other Works:

Death's Jest-Book or The Fool's Tragedy by Thomas Lovell Beddoes (the 1829 text)

The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes (2007)


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