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According to the Wordsworth Book of Literary Anecdotes, Francis Thompson committed suicide after Thomas Chatterton appeared to him in a vision and commanded him to do so.
Ok. No reply. I'm changing it. (Yes, I have an off-line, printed source).
I disagree with you. According to many sources (including the two I added to the main article) "Thompson attempted suicide in his nadir of despair, but was saved from completing the action through a vision which he believed to be that of a youthful poet, Chatterton, who had committed suicide almost a century earlier." -- Michael David 14:33, 10 December 2006 (UTC)
The best summary of the "case" against Thompson that I have found is here: Casebook Article, although I have NO idea of the status of this particular theory in the larger picture. Is it important enough for inclusion in Wikipedia? I personally think so, but then, I think that the Wikipedia should strive for accuracy before it strives for "importance."--Zerobot 20:57, 29 May 2007 (UTC)
Removed the references to Jack the Ripper. Such a serious accusation should be based on reliable sources, and I don't think that the source cited qualifies. By the way, could someone add to the discussion of Thompson's poetry? --Bagration1944 (talk) 19:32, 24 August 2009 (UTC)
It's been put back in, though in rather less detailed form than before. It's also unreferenced so I'm undoing the edit. Personally, I see no reason to include mention of this theory. The only reason I can see for retaining the reference is if the 'Thompson as Ripper' theory is well known enough to be associated with him in the popular imagination. I've read a lot of secondary material on the fin de siecle writers and never come across any mention of this Ripper theory - actually this WP article was the first I'd heard of it. ANB (talk) 13:29, 25 August 2009 (UTC)