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Poets' Corner

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The popular name for the south transept of Westminster Abbey. Geoffrey Chaucer was the first person to be interred here, although it was for his position as Clerk of Works to the Palace of Westminster, rather than for literary merit. It wasn't until the burial of Edmund Spenser that the tradition began. The name was supposed to have been coined by Oliver Goldsmith. Nowadays occupants are commemorated with a wall or floor tablet rather than actual interment.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

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Poets' Corner

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Robert Browning - W8

Robert Browning lived in this house 1887 - 1889, from here his body was taken...

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Theodore Fontane

Theodore Fontane

German writer and novelist, best known for novel 'Effi Briest' and recognised as foremost realist in 19th century German literature. In 1849 he became a professional writer and was sent by the inte...

Person, Literature, Germany

1 memorial
James Hadley Chase

James Hadley Chase

Thriller writer. Born at the site of the plaque as René Lodge Brabazon Raymond. Under various pseudonyms, he wrote ninety novels, fifty of which were made into films. Died in Corseaux-sur-Vevey, Sw...

Person, Literature, Switzerland

1 memorial
Sir J. M. Barrie

Sir J. M. Barrie

Playwright and novelist. Born Kirriemuir, Scotland. Moved to London, Bloomsbury, in 1885 for his writing career. Less than 5 foot tall he was not very successful with women and developed a habit of...

Person, Literature, Theatre, Scotland

5 memorials
Will Self

Will Self

Novelist and journalist. Born William Woodard Self in Westminster. He is the author of ten novels, five collections of shorter fiction, three novellas, and five collections of non-fiction writing. ...

Person, Journalism / Publishing, Literature

1 memorial
Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

Author and poet. Born Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts, he added Allan to his name in honour of the family who took him in after his father absconded and his mother died.  Lived in London from 18...

Person, Literature, Seriously Famous, USA

3 memorials