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HENRY JOHN NEWBOLT (1862-), English author, was born on the 6th of June 1862, the son of H. F. Newbolt, vicar of St Mary's, Bilston. He was educated at Clifton College, where he was head of the school in 1881 and edited the school magazine, and at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He was called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1887 and practised until 1899. His first book was a story, Taken from the Enemy (1892), and in 1895 he published a tragedy, Mordred; but it was the publication of his ballads, Admirals All (1897), that created his literary reputation. These were followed by other volumes of stirring verse, The Island Race (1898), The Sailing of the Long-ships (1902), Songs of the Sea (1904). From 1900 to 1905 he was the editor of the Monthly Review. Among his later books his novels The Old Country (1906) and The New June (1909) attracted considerable attention.

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