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Ernest Dowson

Ernest Christopher Dowson (2 August 1867-23 February 1900), English poet, born at Lee south-east of London. He died in London.

He was a member of the Rhymer's Club, which included W. B. Yeats and Lionel Johnson. In 1891 Dowson fell in love with the 12-year-old daughter of a Polish restaurant owner. Dowson died of alcoholism in 1900 at the early age of 33.

His best-known poem is Non Sum Qualis eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae.


Madder Music, Stronger Wine by Jad Adams (I.B. Tauris).