Praed, Winthrop Mackworth

▪ British politician and poet
born July 26, 1802, London, Eng.
died July 15, 1839, London
 English writer and politician remembered for his humorous verse.

      After a brilliant career at Eton College and the University of Cambridge, Praed entered Parliament in 1830 as a Tory. In 1834–35 he was secretary to the Board of Control. Expectations of a great political future were frustrated by his death at age 37 from tuberculosis.

      Praed is best remembered as a writer of witty and ironic light verse in such pieces as “Good Night to the Season” (1827) and "The Belle of the Ball-Room" (1831), though he could combine his comedy with tender insight into human foibles, as in "The Vicar" (1829) and "Our Ball" (1829). He also showed a talent for grim humour, as in “The Red Fisherman”; wrote urbane, scissor-sharp verse epistles; and composed political squibs, such as “Stanzas on Seeing the Speaker Asleep in His Chair.” Praed excelled in blending humour, sentiment, and social satire; poet W.H. Auden (Auden, W H) remarked that his “serious poems are as trivial as his vers de société are profound.”

Additional Reading
Derek Hudson, A Poet in Parliament (1939).

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Praed, Winthrop Mackworth — (1802 1839)    Born in London, he was educated at Eton College, where he founded the school journal, the Etonian. He read classics at Trinity College, Cambridge. There he won medals for Greek odes and for epigrams and the chancellor s medal for… …   British and Irish poets

  • PRAED, WINTHROP MACKWORTH —    witty facile versifier and politician, born in London; practised in verse making from a boy, notably at Eton; bred for the bar, entered Parliament as a Tory in 1830, and rose into office; wrote several verse tales, some pieces of promise, such …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Praed, Winthrop Mackworth — (1802 1839)    Poet, s. of a sergeant at law, was b. in London, ed. at Eton and Camb., and called to the Bar 1829. He sat in Parliament for various places, and was Sec. to the Board of Control 1834 35. He appeared to have a brilliant career… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • Winthrop Mackworth Praed — (28 July 1802 ndash; 15 July 1839) was an English politician and poet.He was born in London. The family name of Praed was derived from the marriage of the poet s great grandfather to a Cornish heiress. Winthrop s father, William Mackworth Praed,… …   Wikipedia

  • Winthrop Mackworth Praed — (* 26. Juli 1802 in London; † 15. Juli 1839 ebenda) war ein englischer Politiker und Schriftsteller. Winthrop Mackworth Praed besuchte das Eton College und die University of Cambridge. Im Jahr 1830 wurde er Parlamentsabgeordneter für die Tories,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Praed — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Michael Praed (* 1960), britisch US amerikanischer Schauspieler und Sänger Rosa Campbell Praed (1851–1935), australische Schriftstellerin Winthrop Mackworth Praed (1802–1839), englischer Politiker und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • PRAED, Rosa Caroline (1851-1935) — generally known as Mrs Campbell Praed novelist was born at Bromelton, Queensland, on 27 March 1851. Her father, Thomas Lodge Murray Prior (1819 1892), was born in England and came to Sydney in May 1839. He afterwards took up grazing country in… …   Dictionary of Australian Biography

  • Cyril Mackworth-Praed — Olympic medal record Men s Shooting Gold 1924 Paris Team running deer, double shots Silver 1924 Paris running deer, single shots Silver …   Wikipedia

  • Rosa Campbell Praed — (27 March 1851 – 10 April 1935), often credited as Mrs Campbell Praed (and also known as Rosa Caroline Praed), was an Australian novelist in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Her large bibliography covered multiple genres, and books for children …   Wikipedia

  • Oxford period poetry anthologies — These are Oxford poetry anthologies of English poetry, which select from a given period. See also The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse. Contents 1 New Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse (1991) 2 New Oxford Book of Eighteenth… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.