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Matthew Arnold
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    (December 24, 1822-April 15, 1888)
    Born in Laleham-on-Thames, Middlesex, United Kingdom
    Wrote poems ‘Dover Beach’ (1851), ‘The Scholar Gipsy’ (1852) and ‘Thyrsis’ (1865)
    Wrote social critique ‘Culture and Anarchy’ (1869)
    Her Majesty's Inspector of Schools (1851-1886)
    He’s often dismissed as a preachy and earnest Victorian writer.
    He often complained about the ‘drudgery’ of working as a school inspector.
    He boasted that his poetry combined the best of Tennyson and Browning.
    He died of a heart attack while running to catch a tram.
    His best known poem ‘Dover Beach’ was parodied by Anthony Hecht as ‘The Dover Bitch’ (1969).
    His father was Thomas Arnold, famous headmaster of Rugby School.
    He took up school inspecting so he could marry and support a family.
    He wrote frankly about his crisis of religious faith.
    He was the great-uncle of Aldous Huxley.
    His writing is often seen as a link between Victorian and modern literature.

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