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

James Thomson (1834–1882)

Thomson, James [“B. V.”]. A Scotch poet; born at Port Glasgow, Nov. 23, 1834; died on June 3, 1882. He was brought up in an orphan asylum, and became an army tutor and journalist. He suffered much from insomnia, which he made the subject of a most powerful poem by that name; and died a victim to the drugs he used to relieve it. His best-known work is ‘The City of Dreadful Night’ (1870–74); others of high quality are ‘The Doom of a City’ (1857), and ‘Our Ladies of Death’ (1861). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).