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Binyon, Laurence

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Born: 1869 AD
Died: 1943 AD, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Historian, Poets

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1896 - Robert Laurence Binyon was born on the 10th of August in Lancaster, England. English poet, dramatist, and art historian, a pioneer in the European study of Far Eastern painting.

         - Binyon was educated at St. Paul's School and Trinity College, Oxford.

1890 - He won the Newdigate Prize for one poem whilst at Oxford.

1893 - Worked at the Department of Printed Books in the British Museum.

1904 - Married fellow historian Cicely Margaret Powell, and they have three daughters.

1909 - Became the Assistant Keeper of Prints and Drawings at Museum's Department of Prints and Drawings.

1913 - He worked as Keeper of the new Sub-Department of Oriental Prints and Drawings.

1916 - Worked for the Red Cross as a medical orderly with an Ambulance Unit.

1918 - He wrote about his experiences in "For Dauntless France".

         - His most famous poem, For the Fallen, was often recited at Remembrance Sunday services in the UK.

1931 - Appeared his two volumes Collected Poems.

1933-1943 - Between this years he published an acclaimed translation of Dante's Divina commedia in an English version of terza rima.

         - Appointed Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard.

1934 - Retired from the British Museum.

1939 - Gave the prestigious Romanes Lecture in Oxford on Art and Freedom.

1940-1941 - Appointed the Byron Professor of English Literature at University of Athens.

1943 - Binyon died on the 10th of March at Reading, Berkshire.


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