Thompson, Francis

Thompson, Francis
   Born in Preston, Lancashire, the son of a homeopath, he was educated in the classics at the Catholic Ushaw College near Durham, then studied medicine at Owens College, Manchester. He never practiced medicine, choosing instead a career in literature in London, but was reduced to selling matches and newspapers for a living. He became addicted to opium, which he first took as a remedy for some health problem, and was rescued from starvation by Alice and Wilfrid Meynell (see Meynell, Alice) who took him in. They arranged for the publication of his first volume of Poems in 1893, which included his best-known work, "The Hound of Heaven." New Poems was published in 1897. He died in London from tuberculosis and was buried in the Catholic cemetery, Kensal Green, where his tomb was inscribed with his own words, Look for Me in the Nurseries of Heaven. He is sometimes mentioned as a possible Jack the Ripper suspect (see also Stephen, James Kenneth). Some of his other poems: "A Judgment in Heaven," "An Arab Love-Song," "Beneath a Photograph," "Contemplation," "Grace of the Way," "The Veteran of Heaven," "Whereto art Thou Come?"
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