(Walter Theodore Watts-Dunton), 1832–1914, English poet, novelist, and critic. A member of the staff of the Examiner
(1874–76), he became editor of the Athenaeum
(1876–98). He was the benefactor of Swinburne
, whose life he organized and who lived with him from 1879 to 1909. Watts-Dunton edited many literary classics and contributed important articles to The Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Among his works are The Coming of Love
(1898), a romantic novel about the Romani (Gypsies); The Christmas Dream
(1901); and Old Familiar Faces
(1916), a volume of recollections.
See biography by J. Douglas (1904, repr. 1973); M. Beerbohm,
No. 2 The Pines, in And Even Now (1920); M. Panter-Downes, At the Pines (1971).
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