Brooke, Rupert Chawner
Born: Aug 03, 1887 AD
Died: 1915 AD, at 27 years of age.
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.
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