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Dowson, Ernest. (1867 - 1900).

L i f e

- led an active social life: met university students, attended music halls, etc.

- fell in love with a 12 year old girl, courted her for two years x but: failed

> the girl appears as a symbol of love and innocence in some of his verse

- after both of his parents's suicide rapidly declined in health and died soon

W o r k

- associated with the Aesthetes and the Rhymers’ Club (1890 – 1904)

- an unpaid reviewer for a critical magazine

- a frequent contributor to The Yellow Book (1894 – 1897)

- published two collections of poems, a one-act verse play, several short stories, and two novels in collaboration

Verses (1896) and Decorations in Verse and Prose (1899):

- collections of poetry

“Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae” (1896):

- the title: ‘I am no more the man I was in the reign of the Good Cynara’

- an exquisite poem with a Latin title x but: written in English

- autobiographical: a lover tries to put aside his feelings for a former lover

A Comedy of Masks (1893):

- a novel in collaboration with Arthur Moore

Dilemmas: Stories and Studies in Sentiment (1895):

- a collection of short stories


"But I was desolate and sick of an old passion, / Yea, all the time, because the dance was long: / I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion."

From "Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae sub Regno Cynarae" (1896).


(Picture: Wikimedia Commons).

  • Author

    Ernest Christopher Dowson. (1867 - 1900).  British.
  • Work

    Poet. Short story writer. Novelist.
  • Genres

    Decadence and Aestheticism in 1890s. Rhymer's Club.


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