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William Cowper

Author Code: EWCW

Born: Nov. 26, 1731 - Great Berkhamstead, Hertforshire, England

Died: Apr. 25, 1800 - East Dereham, Norfolk, England

Educated at Westminster School, Cowper studied law from 1750 to 1754 and was called to the bar in 1757. In that year he took chambers in Middle Temple in London and practiced law for a while. Troubled by mental instability, he attempted suicide and was confined to an asylum for more than a year. In 1767, he moved to Olney in Buckinghamshire with the Unwin family. In 1779 he published Olney Hymns, with Isaac Newton. From 1780 Cowper dedicated himself to poetry, publishing a number of works including The Progress of Error, Table Talk, Truth, Expostulation, Hope, Charity, Retirement and Conversation. His first real success came with The Journey of John Gilpin in 1783 and was followed in 1785 by The Task. He moved to Weston and undertook translating Homer, however, his mental problems returned and in 1795, he moved to East Dereham in Norfolk, together with Mary Unwin. After Mary's death in 1796, Cowper's own health steadily deteriorated until his own death in 1800. His other works include a number of shorter poems including Yardley Oak (1791) and The Castaway (1800).

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EWCW001 The Task and Other Poems
  The Diverting History of John Gilpin
  An Epistle to Joseph Hill, Esq.
  To Mary
  The Task
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