Bourdillon, Francis William, 1852-1921

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Bourdillon was an English author.

From the description of Letter, 1918. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82833595

Francis William Bourdillon (1852-1921) was an English poet and translator of Old French romances. His version of Aucassin et Nicolette was first published in 1887 and was a popular success.

From the description of Francis William Bourdillon collection, 1874-1921 (bulk 1880-1900). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702203608

Francis William Bourdillon was born in Buddington, Sussex and educated at Worcester College, Oxford. He served as tutor to the sons of Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein at Cumberland Lodge for several years. He later tutored for the University of Eastbourne, and settled in Eastbourne, Sussex.

Bourdillon published thirteen collections of poetry between 1874 and 1921, as well as single poems and narrative verses, many of them privately printed in limited editions. He is best-known today for the short poem "Light" ('The night has a thousand eyes.") Among his other publications were scholarly editions and translations of Old French literature; his translation of Aucassin et Nicolette appeared in 1887 and was a popular success.

In addition, Bourdillion was a member of the Alpine Club and campaigned for the preservation of the Alps against excessive development. He died in Eastbourne in 1921.

From the guide to the Francis William Bourdillon collection, 1874-1921, 1880-1900, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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referencedIn Rosenstock autograph collection, 1800-1950 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
creatorOf Francis William Bourdillon collection, 1874-1921, 1880-1900 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Nolte, Roy E., 1896-1979. The night of a thousand eyes / music by Roy E. Nolte ; words by Francis W. Bourdillon Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library, University of Louisville
creatorOf Bourdillon, Francis William, 1852-1921. Letter : Midhurst, to Laurence Housman, 1903 Apr. 19. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf "YSTORIA Karoli gloriosissimi regis et Turpini archiepiscopi Remensis" (so colophon): the French version of the chronicle of the pseudo-Turpin, originally made in 1206 for Renaud, Count of Boulogne (see Ward, Cat. of Romances. i, p. 583). Printed, in..., 13th century British Library
creatorOf Bourdillon, Francis William, 1852-1921. Letter, 1909 Dec. 21, Sussex, Eng., to H.G. Rugg, Cambridge, Mass. Dartmouth College Library
creatorOf Bourdillon, Francis William. Letter to C.H. Anderson. Champéry, Valais, Switzerland. 1919 July 28. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Hutchinson, Thomas. [Poems] / Thomas Hutchinson. Dartmouth College Library
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library
creatorOf Krummeich, Paul. On light / [words by] Francis W. Bourdillon ; [music by] Paul Krummeich. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Ashe, John. The night has a thousand eyes / words by F.W. Bourdillon ; music by John Ashe. Libraries Australia
referencedIn Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (bulk 1820-1888) Houghton Library
creatorOf POEM on the mystical marriage of St. Catharine of Alexandria, in 869 octosyllabic lines rhyming in couplets. Fr. The poem, after a prologue in praise of God, deals with the birth and education of the saint and the effect of her mother's inconsolable ..., 14th century British Library
creatorOf Bourdillon, Francis William, 1852-1921. Francis William Bourdillon collection, 1874-1921 (bulk 1880-1900). Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Bourdillon, Francis William, 1852-1921. Letter, 1918. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf MacLean, E. When love is done / E. MacLean. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Autograph File, B, ca.1500-1976. Houghton Library
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correspondedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
associatedWith Anderson, C.H., person
associatedWith Ashe, John. person
associatedWith Aylesworth, Barton O. (Barton Orville), 1860-1933 person
associatedWith Housman, Laurence, 1865-1959. person
associatedWith Hutchinson, Thomas. person
associatedWith Krummeich, Paul. person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith MacLean, E. person
associatedWith Nolte, Roy E., 1896-1979. person
associatedWith Rosenstock, Fred A., b. 1895 person
associatedWith Rugg, Harold Goddard, 1883-1957. person
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Alps, Swiss (Switzerland)
Alps, Swiss (Switzerland)
Authors, English
Authors, English
English poetry
English poetry
French poetry
Occasional verse, English


Birth 1852-03-22

Death 1921-01-13






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