Victor Plarr

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Victor Plarr

Victor Gustave Plarr (21 June 1863 – 28 January 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.

In 1891 Plarr edited the 13th edition of Men of the Time, changing its title to Men and Women of the Time.[1]

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".



  1. ^ Alison Booth (2004) How to Make it as a Woman, page 331, University of Chicago Press ISBN 0226065464