Collins, William

(1721-1759)
   A pre-Romantic poet of many odes, the son of a hatter from Chichester, Sussex, Collins was educated at Winchester College and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he published his Persian Eclogues (1742). Dr. Samuel Johnson says of him, "About this time I fell into his company. His appearance was decent and manly; his knowledge considerable, his views extensive, his conversation elegant, and his disposition cheerful." Johnson ends his entry with, "As men are often esteemed who cannot be loved, so the poetry of Collins may sometimes extort praise when it gives little pleasure" (DNB). More modern poets have not been so harsh. Suffering from depression, Collins isolated himself at Chichester and died neglected and forgotten by his literary friends. Some of his poems: "A Fidele," "An Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands of Scotland," "Captain Molly," "How Sleep the Brave," "Ode on the Poetical Character," "Ode to Evening," "Ode to Fear," "Ode to Mercy," "Ode to Pity," "Ode to Simplicity," "The Lookout."
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  • COLLINS, WILLIAM —    1) a gifted and ill fated English poet, born at Chichester; settled in London; fell into dissipated habits and straitened circumstances; had £2000 left him by an uncle, but both health and spirits were broken, and he died in mental imbecility; …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Collins, William — (1721 1759)    Poet, s. of a respectable hatter at Chichester, where he was b. He was ed. at Chichester, Winchester, and Oxf. His is a melancholy career. Disappointed with the reception of his poems, especially his Odes, he sank into despondency …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • Collins, (William)Wilkie — Collins, (William) Wilkie. 1824 1889. British writer noted for his pioneering detective novels, including The Woman in White (1860) and The Moonstone (1868). * * * …   Universalium

  • Collins, (William) Wilkie — (8 ene. 1824, Londres, Inglaterra–23 sep. 1889, Londres). Novelista inglés. Tras incursionar brevemente en el ámbito legal y comercial, se dedicó a la literatura y cultivó una relación de amistad con Charles Dickens, quien ejerció una influencia… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Collins, William Wilkie — (1824 1889)    Novelist, s. of William C., R.A., entered Lincoln s Inn, and was called to the Bar 1851, but soon relinquished law for literature. His first novel was Antonina (1850), a historical romance. He found his true field, however, in the… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • Collins, (William) Wilkie — born Jan. 8, 1824, London, Eng. died Sept. 23, 1889, London English novelist. After working briefly in commerce and law, he took up writing and became associated with Charles Dickens, who had a formative influence on his career. For two works, he …   Universalium

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