Bailey, Philip James (1816-1902)

Bailey, Philip James (1816-1902), poet, was born at Basford, Nottingham, the son of the historian of Nottinghamshire, Thomas Bailey (1785-1856). After studying at Glasgow University, he was called to the English bar in 1840, but never practised. Festus : a Poem (1889) reached an 11th (Jubilee) edition in 1889, having meanwhile received a large amount of new matter. It was hailed in America with a perfect tornado of applause ; and by so great a poet as Rossetti it was, says his brother, under date 1843, ' enormously relished, read again and yet again.'
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 60.

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