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Bloomfield, Walter, fl 1878-1895 (writer)



  • Existence: fl 1878 - 1895


Walter Bloomfield was the son of the last surviving nephew of the poet Robert Bloomfield, manuscript material by whom he donated to the British Museum. He was the author of a novel, 'Holdenhurst Hall' (London: T. Fisher Unwin, and New York: Robert Bonner's Sons, 1895), which was criticised by H. G. Wells in the 'Saturday Review' as having 'a style of almost Egyptian massiveness' which crushed 'a common weed of a story'. He edited and contributed prefaces to reprints of works by Robert Bloomfield: 'The history of Little Davy's new hat (London, New York: George Routledge and Sons, [1878]); 'The bird and insects' post-office' (London: Griffith and Farran, 1880); and 'The drunken father: a ballad (London: National Temperance Publication Depôt, c. 1881).

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Memoir of Robert Bloomfield

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8550
Scope and Contents A prose memoir by Walter Bloomfield of Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823). The main text is in the hand of a scribe and has occasional corrections apparently in Walter Bloomfield's hand, and occupies pages numbered 1-45. It is preceded by a presentation inscription of the manuscript to Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, dated 22 June 1891; a sonnet by Walter Bloomfield, "He worshipped Nature in her mildest forms,..."; a title page with the address '12, Earlham Gove, Wood Green, London, N', dated...
Dates: 1891
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