He was born in Canonbury Square, Islington on 20 January 1820. His father was of Welsh background; his mother, Hannah Sumner, was of an Essex family. They were strict Calvinists. His father died, and at 17 he was a clerk in a city firm connected with the tea-trade.
Jones was for a short time a follower of Robert Owen. He assisted his friend W. J. Linton with political journalism, and worked for the radical publishers John Cleave and Henry Hetherington. He went down with consumption, and died on 14 September 1860.
Jones as a poet was influenced by Percy Shelley and Thomas Carlyle, and wrote in an exaggerated style. Studies of Sensation and Event (1843) was a critical failure, though not with Bryan Waller Procter and Richard Hengist Horne. Three late poems, "To the Snow," "To Death," and "When the World is Burning", attracted attention.
Jones also wrote a short book entitled The Land Monopoly: The Suffering and Demoralization Caused by It; and the Justice and Expediency of its Abolition, published in 1849.
For a while Jones was forgotten. In 1870, however, Dante Rossetti wrote in Notes and Queries commented that he would some day be disinterred. William Bell Scott agreed, and in 1878 Richard Herne Shepherd wrote a brief account of Ebenezer Jones. There were biographical papers in the Athenæum of September and October 1878, by Theodore Watts; and in 1879 Shepherd published a nearly complete edition of Studies of Sensation and Event (with author's corrections), additional pieces, a memoir by Ebenezer's brother Sumner, and reminiscences by Linton. A proposed second volume, containing prose writings and additional poems, preserved by his friend Horace Harral (1817–1905), never appeared.
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