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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

James Thomson (1700–1748)

Thomson, James. A Scotch poet; born at Ednam, Sept. 11, 1700; died on Aug. 27, 1748. He was educated at Jedburgh School and Edinburgh University, and studied for the ministry. In 1725 he went to London and became a tutor, later holding several minor government positions. His most famous poem is ‘The Seasons’ (1726–1730), and next to this ‘The Castle of Indolence’ (1748). He wrote some plays, among them being ‘Sophonisba’ (1730) and ‘Tancred and Sigismunda’ (1745). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).