William Brighty Rands
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|William Brighty Rands|
24 December 1823|
Chelsea, Middlesex, England
|Died||23 April 1882
East Dulwich, London, England
|Pen name||Matthew Browne, Henry Holbeach, T. Talker.|
A son of a modest candlemaker's family, he attended school from 8 to 13 years of age, and was mostly self-taught, starting to read early and mastering Latin, Greek, and after starting an office career with an international merchant, also Spanish and French. His appreciation of languages he carried through life, studying Chinese in his latest years.
In 1857, he started working as a reporter in the House of Commons for Messrs. Gurney & Co. and was praised for being very helpful. He wrote his works for children when the Parliament was not sitting. In 1875 he resigned due to poor health.
He wrote under pseudonyms, among them Matthew Browne, Henry Holbeach, and T. Talker.
He was for some time a regular preacher in a chapel at Brixton, and composed several popular hymns, that as well as his nursery rhymes continued their legacy in several editions throughout the 19th century.
He is also remembered for the 2-volume monography of "Chaucer's England".
- W. B. Rands, a memorial site by David Rands
- Poems by William Brighty Rands
- Lilliput Lyrics, 1899, a selection of his verse, at the Open Library
- Works by or about William Brighty Rands at Internet Archive
- Works by William Brighty Rands at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
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