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Coombe, William, 1742-1823 (writer)



  • Existence: 1742 - 1823


William Combe (1742-1823), writer, was educated at Eton. He lived in different parts of England and France before settling in London, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was employed by booksellers, compiling translated travels and histories, and wrote for The Times, 1803-1809. He published novels, metrical satires and political pamphlets, and wrote letterpress for illustrated works. He also authored a series of popular poems featuring his comic creation Dr Syntax. Combe died at Lambeth on 19 June 1823.

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William Coombe: Literary commonplace book

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8274
Scope and Contents

'The literary waste-book', containing copies of letters, poems, sonnets, thoughts, anecdotes, epitaphs and other items.

Dates: 1804 (Circa)
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