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MATTHEW ARNOLD (1822-88) was the son of Dr Thomas Arnold, the revered and formidable headmaster of Rugby.
After graduating from Oxford in 1844, with second class honours, he spent several years travelling and indulging an apparently frivolous interest in literature, only to surprise his friends and family with the publication of The Strayed Reveller, and Other Poems in 1849. This was followed, in 1852, by Empedocles on Etna, and Other Poems, and then, in 1853, by Poems, a collection that established Arnold as a leading poet of the day and that also included a Preface that was his first important publication in prose.
Arnold married in 1851 and also began work in that year as one of 'Her Majesty's Inspectors of Schools'. He held this arduous job for thirty-five years, travelling widely both in England and abroad, and was, in addition, Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1857 to 1867.
Although he continued to publish and write poems, Arnold turned increasingly to prose and became in the last three decades of his life a widely influential social and literary critic whose works continue to shape and provoke contemporary debate.
Source: Penguin Web Site (http://www.penguin.co.uk/penguin/authors/11.html). Accessed March 11th 1998.
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