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Brooke, Rupert Chawner

Born: 1887 AD
Died: 1915 AD
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1887 – Born on August 3rd in Rugby, Warwickshire, England. English poet.

1905 – A lover of verse since the age of nine, he won the school poetry prize.

1906 – He went to King’s college, Cambridge, and became friends with G.E. Moore, Lytton Strachey, Maynard Keynes, Roger Fry, and Leonard Fry, members of the future Bloomsbury Group.

1911 – He worked on a thesis on the playwright John Webster and the Elizabethan drama, and travelled in Germany and Italy.

         – Appeared Brooke’s first collection of verse, poems, and his work was featured in the periodical Georgian Poetry, edited by his friend, Sir Edward Marsh.

         – Brooke was secretly engaged to Noel Olivier, five years his junior. The affair was for all participants frustrating and subsequently Brooke had an affair with the actress Cathleen Nesbitt.

1912 – Brooke and Ka Cox went to Germany, where he wrote ‘The Old Vicarage, Grantchester’, which is among his most admired poems.

1913 – Brooke’s thesis brought him a fellowship at King’s College.

         – Brooke spent wandering in North America and the South Seas, and depicted the impressions in his ‘Letters from America’.

1914 – Brooke became friends with Winston Churchill and the Asquith family.

         – The outbreak of World War I. interrupted Brooke’s career as a writer. He was commissioned in Churchill’s Royal Navy Division, and joined the Dardanelles expedition.

1915 – Died of septicemia as a result of a mosquito bite on April 23rd in the island of Lemnos in the Aegean.

3.2 (63.64%) 11 votes