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Alfred Noyes was an English author, notably known for his ballads ‘The Highwayman’ and ‘The Barrel-Organ’

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BirthdaySeptember 16, 1880
Died onJune 28, 1958
NationalityBritish
FamousWriters, Poets, Playwrights, Short Story Writers
SpousesGarnett Daniels, Mary Angela Mayne
Childrens Hugh, Margaret, Veronica
Universities
  • Exeter College
  • Oxford
Birth PlaceWolverhampton
GenderMale
FatherAlfred
MotherAmelia Adams Noyes
Sun SignVirgo
Born inWolverhampton
Famous asPoet
Died at Age77

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Who is Alfred Noyes?

Alfred Noyes was an English author, one of the most prolific writers of the 20th century, notably known for his ballads ‘The Highwayman’ and ‘The Barrel-Organ’. He was a determined person and decided to pursue writing as his profession during his graduation years. His passion for becoming a writer is evident from an incident when he skipped an exam to meet a publisher with reference to his first poetry collection, a decision which cost him his graduation degree. Eventually he published his poetry collections over the years and created a place for himself among other authors. He created an entrancing atmosphere through his poetry which captivated the reader’s attention. In addition to being a marvelous poet, he was a critic, essayist, short story writer, novelist, biographer, autobiographer and a dramatist. He incorporated different themes in his literary masterpieces which include everyday life, science, religion, romance, England’s history and the danger of the sea. Despite having so much talent and a unique persona, he was criticized for his writing style and was never recognized as a significant poet by most literary schools in his time. It was in the early twentieth century that his works were truly appreciated and he was considered a highly influential author by the literary society.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born on September 16, 1880 in Wolverhampton, England to Alfred Adams, a grocer and teacher, and his wife, Amelia Adams. His father taught him Latin and Greek.

At the age of four, his family moved to Aberystwyth, Wales where he drew his initial inspiration from the Welsh coast and mountains.

In 1898, he attended the Exeter College. He excelled at rowing during his graduation years but left college without completing his graduation.

In 1902, he preferred to meet a publisher, over appearing in one of his final exams, to arrange the publication of his first volume of books. Due to this incident, he was unable to obtain a graduation degree.

Career

His first collection of poems, ‘The Loom of Years’, was published in 1902. It received appreciation by well-known poets such as William Butler Yeats and George Meredith.

With the publication of his subsequent poetry collections, ‘The Flower of Old Japan’ (1903) and ‘Poems’ (1904), which included one of his most popular poems titled ‘The Barrel-Organ’, he established his distinct reputation of being a poet.

He published his most famous poem ‘The Highwayman’ in the August 1906 issue of Blackwood's Magazine. His other major work in poetry, a two-hundred page epic about life at sea, ‘Drake’, was published in two volumes in 1906 and 1908.

Other examples of his historical narrative verse include ‘Forty Singing Seamen’ (1907) and ‘The Golden Hynde’ (1908). His only full-length play, ‘Sherwood’, was published in 1911.

In 1914, he accepted the post of a visiting professor at the prestigious Princeton University where he taught English Literature for the next nine years, until he resigned in 1923.

Among his short stories, most of which he described as fantasies, are ‘Walking Shadows’ (1918) and ‘The Hidden Player’ (1924).

He was also a novelist and some of his novels include, ‘The Return of the Scare-Crow’ (1929) and ‘The Last Man’ (1940).

He is also noted for being a literary critic and his criticisms include ‘Some Aspects of Modern Poetry’ (1924), ‘The Opalescent Parrot’’ (1929) and ‘Pageant of Letters’ (1940).

Some of his other literary works include ‘The Forest of Wild Thyme’ (1905), ‘Collected Poems’ (1950), ‘A Letter to Lucian’ (1956) and ‘The Accusing Ghost’ (1957).

His autobiography, ‘Two Worlds for Memory’, was published in 1953.

Major Works

His most ambitious work was his poetic trilogy saga, ‘The Torch-Bearers’, which comprises of ‘Watchers of the Sky’ (1922), ‘The Book of Earth’ (1925) and ‘The Last Voyage’ (1930). It deals with the history of science and its progress over the ages. It is regarded as one of his most remarkable works of all times.

His most notable work is his ballad ‘The Highwayman’ (1906), a romantic tragedy about the ill-fated love of a highwayman and an innkeeper's daughter. In 1995, it was voted 15th in the BBC's poll for ‘The Nation's Favorite Poems’.

His other acclaimed works include his poetry collections, ‘The Flower of Old Japan’ (1903) and ‘Drake’ (1906-1908).

Awards & Achievements

In 1918, he was honored with the ‘Order of the British Empire’, the most junior and most populous order of chivalry in the British and other Commonwealth honors systems.

In 1913, he received the honorary academic degree of ‘Doctor of Letters’ from the prestigious Yale University, Connecticut, U.S.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1907, Noyes married Garnett Daniels, youngest daughter of a U.S. Civil War veteran. They were blessed with three children. Garnett died in 1926 at Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, where they were staying with friends.

In 1927, he married Mary Angela née Mayne, widow of Lieutenant Richard Shireburn Weld-Blundell, who had been killed in World War I. They also had three children; Hugh, Veronica and Margaret.

He passed away on June 25, 1958 in Isle of Wright, at the age of 77. He is buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery at Freshwater, Isle of Wight.

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Alfred Noyes biography timelines

  • // 16th Sep 1880
    He was born on September 16, 1880 in Wolverhampton, England to Alfred Adams, a grocer and teacher, and his wife, Amelia Adams. His father taught him Latin and Greek.
  • // 1898
    In 1898, he attended the Exeter College. He excelled at rowing during his graduation years but left college without completing his graduation.
  • // 1902
    In 1902, he preferred to meet a publisher, over appearing in one of his final exams, to arrange the publication of his first volume of books. Due to this incident, he was unable to obtain a graduation degree.
  • // 1902
    His first collection of poems, ‘The Loom of Years’, was published in 1902. It received appreciation by well-known poets such as William Butler Yeats and George Meredith.
  • // 1903
    With the publication of his subsequent poetry collections, ‘The Flower of Old Japan’ (1903) and ‘Poems’ (1904), which included one of his most popular poems titled ‘The Barrel-Organ’, he established his distinct reputation of being a poet.
  • // 1906
    He published his most famous poem ‘The Highwayman’ in the August 1906 issue of Blackwood's Magazine. His other major work in poetry, a two-hundred page epic about life at sea, ‘Drake’, was published in two volumes in 1906 and 1908.
  • // 1907
    In 1907, Noyes married Garnett Daniels, youngest daughter of a U.S. Civil War veteran. They were blessed with three children. Garnett died in 1926 at Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France, where they were staying with friends.
  • // 1911
    Other examples of his historical narrative verse include ‘Forty Singing Seamen’ (1907) and ‘The Golden Hynde’ (1908). His only full-length play, ‘Sherwood’, was published in 1911.
  • // 1914
    In 1914, he accepted the post of a visiting professor at the prestigious Princeton University where he taught English Literature for the next nine years, until he resigned in 1923.
  • // 1918
    In 1918, he was honored with the ‘Order of the British Empire’, the most junior and most populous order of chivalry in the British and other Commonwealth honors systems.
  • // 1927
    In 1927, he married Mary Angela née Mayne, widow of Lieutenant Richard Shireburn Weld-Blundell, who had been killed in World War I. They also had three children; Hugh, Veronica and Margaret.
  • // 1953
    His autobiography, ‘Two Worlds for Memory’, was published in 1953.
  • // 25th Jun 1958
    He passed away on June 25, 1958 in Isle of Wright, at the age of 77. He is buried in the Roman Catholic cemetery at Freshwater, Isle of Wight.

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    Alfred Noyes's spouses is Garnett Daniels, Mary Angela Mayne

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    Alfred Noyes's childrens is Hugh, Margaret, Veronica

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    Alfred Noyes studied at Exeter College, Oxford

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    Alfred Noyes's mother is Amelia Adams Noyes

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