On February 27, 1835, British poet Richard Garnett was born in Lichfield, England. He was son of Richard Garnett, an author, historical linguist and assistant keeper of printed books in the British Museum. He was educated at a school in Bloomsbury, he entered the British Museum in 1851 (the year following his father's death) as an assistant librarian. In 1875, he became superintendent of the Reading Room, in 1881, editor of the General Catalogue of Printed Books, and in 1890 until his retirement in 1899, Keeper of Printed Books. His literary works include numerous translations, several books of verse, a book of short stories The Twilight of the Gods (1888, 16 stories; 12 stories added in the 1903 edition); numerous biographies that included The Age of Dryden (1895); a History of Italian Literature; English Literature: An Illustrated Record. He also discovered and edited some unpublished poems of Percy Shelley (Relics of Shelley, 1862). His poem Where Corals Lie was set to music by Sir Edward Elgar as part of Sea Pictures and was first performed in 1899. He died on April 13, 1906.
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