Victor Plarr

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Victor Gustave Plarr (June 21, 1863–January 28, 1929) was an English poet; he is probably best known for the poem Epitaphium Citharistriae.

He was born near Strasbourg, France, of a French father from Alsace, and an English mother. He was brought up in England after his family moved at the time of the Franco-Prussian War. He read history at Worcester College, Oxford.

He worked as a librarian, first (from 1890) at King's College London, then at the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 1897 until his death. The following year, the first two volumes of Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons were published under the editorship of D'Arcy Power. Often known as Plarr's Lives, the biographies of the original 300 fellows are considered an early social history of English medicine.

Plarr was a founding member of the Rhymers' Club. A generally uncongenial figure, he was befriended in 1909 by Ezra Pound, who enjoyed Plarr's tales of the "decadent nineties".

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