Henry Newbolt, 1862-1938

Henry Newbolt was seen as the ultimate Victorian: respectable and proper, praising virtues and duty to the British Empire.  A virile cultivated man, a lawyer, editor, historian, and, above all, poet.  And he looked the part too:

"Henry Newbolt, No. 2," etching, by William Strang. British Museum, London. 1898. Public Domain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_Newbolt_No._2_by_William_Strang_1898.jpg

“Henry Newbolt, No. 2,” etching, by William Strang. British Museum, London. 1898. Public Domain. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Henry_Newbolt_No._2_by_William_Strang_1898.jpg

However, his personal life might have been a bit less Properly Victorian than it seemed… Susan Chitty, in Playing the Game: Biography of Sir Henry Newbolt (London: Quartet Books, 1997), provides some interesting tidbits. Henry courted Margaret Edina Duckworth (of Duckworth Publishing Company) who he called “Dear Lad”, but she was in love with Ella Coltman.  Henry convinced Margaret to marry him, but Ella also lived with them, apparently in a three-way relationship.

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