Thomas Love Peacock

“There are two reasons for drinking: one is, when you are thirsty, to cure it; the other, when you are not thirsty, to prevent it”

Interesting facts:

1. He became friends with Percy Shelley in 1812 and it is understood that Shelley looked after Thomas financially from time to time. A debt which Thomas repaid with loyalty and support throughout the years, as a personal confidant and trusted proof-reader.

2. Thomas met his future wife Jane Gruffydh (pronounced Griffiths) during a trip to Wales in 1811. Being entirely focused on his writing at the time, it took Thomas 8 years to propose (by post) and another year before the couple finally wed in Wales. Their wedding was witnessed by George and Justina Jeffries, who moved in similar literary circles and welcomed the newlyweds back to their home at Glandyfi Castle.

3. During this time even successful writers would struggle to live comfortably from their art, so throughout his married life Thomas held a regular job at the India House until his retirement in 1856, following 37 years of service.

4. In 1820 Thomas wrote The Four Ages of Poetry, a satirical novel which debates the history and relevance of poetry, with reference to popular writers of the time, including Sir Walter Scott.

5. During retirement, Thomas split his time between reading and writing in his library, including published works ‘Memoirs of Percy Bysshe Shelley’ and ‘Gryll Grange’. In January 1866 a fire broke out in his precious library, while attempting to save his beloved books, Thomas sustained injuries from the fire which he did not recover from. 

 

Connections to Places

Glandyfi Castle

Glandyfi Castle - Machynlleth, Wales. A rare thing in Wales; a castle built out of love rather than fear, conquest and war

Machynlleth, Wales. A rare thing in Wales; a castle built out of love rather than fear, conquest and war

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