Robert Bloomfield

Robert Bloomfield, npg d31894

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Bio Dates
Birth Year: 
1766
Death Year: 
1823

Robert Bloomfield's Publications

Title Publication Date Publisher Edition Other Editions Editor Collaborator Patron Subscription Description Key Subscribers Pages Call Number Dialect Language Digitized or Digital Editions Additional Notes
The Remains of Robert Bloomfield 1824 Baldwin, Cradock & Joy Joseph Weston Archive.org

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Robert Bloomfield read John Clare

"Bloomfield found some happiness in the final year of his life through a reawakened interest in John Clare's poetry" (ODNB)

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Augustus Henry FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton patronized Robert Bloomfield

"In addition to his income from his two books, his cobbling, and his manufacture of aeolian harps, Bloomfield also began to receive an annuity of £15 from the duke of Grafton. Characteristically, Bloomfield generously shared his income with his brother George and his mother. Bloomfield's good financial fortunes seemed to wax even further when in late 1802 the duke of Grafton appointed him to the position of undersealer in the king's bench court. ... Bloomfield was beset with other sadnesses and difficulties. First, there was the death of his patron the old duke of Grafton, who was succeeded by his son Lord Charles Fitzroy. The new duke of Grafton did not share his father's enthusiasm for cobbler-poets, and Bloomfield had to enlist the services of Capel Lofft to petition the new duke for his £15 annuity, which Fitzroy eventually granted but was thereafter sometimes desultory in supplying." (ODNB)

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Capel Lofft patronized Robert Bloomfield

"In November 1798, however, George [Bloomfield] showed the manuscript [The Farmer's Boy] to Capel Lofft, the radical editor and writer and a prominent figure in Suffolk society, who liked it well enough to make grammatical and orthographical amendments to the text and shepherd the poem into print along with his own evaluative preface. The publishers Vernor and Hood agreed to publish The Farmer's Boy, but it did not begin to appear in shops until March 1800." (ODNB)

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Robert Bloomfield read, influenced by James Thomson (1700-1748 NPF)

About 1783 ... Robert and George decamped and took up residence at Blue Hart Court, Bell Alley. Another lodger there, James Kay, generously lent Robert a number of books, among them Paradise Lost and James Thomson's The Seasons, the latter of which became his favourite reading material. Over the years Bloomfield developed a prodigious memory for poetry and could recite any passage from The Seasons or Thomson's The Castle of Indolence ...

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Robert Bloomfield read John Milton

About 1783 ... Robert and George decamped and took up residence at Blue Hart Court, Bell Alley. Another lodger there, James Kay generously lent Robert a number of books, among them Paradise Lost ... (ODNB)

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Robert Bloomfield read, influenced by Robert Burns

Over the years Bloomfield developed a prodigious memory for poetry and could recite any passage from The Seasons or Thomson's The Castle of Indolence, as well as large swathes of Burns. (ODNB)

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Robert Sewell addressed writing to Robert Bloomfield View