Thomas Chatterton

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Born: 20 November 1752

Died: 24 August 1770


Thomas Chatterton was an English poet and forger of pseudo-medieval poetry; Bristol's answer to Ossian. His forgeries were more readily accepted than those of James Macpherson, but by 1785 his authorship of the spurious texts was firmly established. A number of his poems were set to music in the form of glees by John Wall Callcott. His best known poem, "O synge untoe mie roundelaie" was set to music in the form of a 5 part madrigal by Samuel Wesley. He was also the subject of an opera by Ruggiero Leoncavallo, "Chatterton".

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