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Thomas Love Peacock

(1785 - 1866 / England)

Thomas Love Peacock
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Thomas Love Peacock was born in 1785, in Dorset, at Weymouth. He was the son of a glass merchant, who died three years after he was born. He was raised at his grandfather's house in Chertsey, by his mother. Despite the fact that his formal schooling ended before his teens (he never attended a university), it is important to note that he read widely in five languages throughout his lifetime.

When he could no longer support himself without working, he took a job in 1819 with the East India Company. The next year, he married Jane Gryffydh, daughter to a Welsh rector. Peacock's daughter later married George Meredith, also a literary man.

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  • Ancient sculpture is the true school of modesty. But where the Greeks had modesty, we have cant; where they had poetry, we have cant; where they had patriotism, we have cant; where they had anything t...
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Crotchet Castle, ch. 7 (1831).
  • ''A book that furnishes no quotations is, me judice, no book—it is a plaything.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Dr. Folliot, in Crotchet Castle, ch. 9 (1831).
  • ''Respectable means rich, and decent means poor. I should die if I heard my family called decent.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Lady Clarinda, in Crotchet Castle, ch. 3 (1831).
  • ''Marriage may often be a stormy lake, but celibacy is almost always a muddy horsepond.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Melincourt, ch. 7 (1817).
  • ''The waste of plenty is the resource of scarcity.''
    Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866), British author. Melincourt, ch. 24 (1817).
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