William Jeffrey Prowse

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Jeff Prowse
Born William Jeffrey Prowse
(1839-05-06)6 May 1839
Torquay, Devon
Died 17 April 1870(1870-04-17) (aged 30)
Nice, France
Occupation Journalist, poet, humorist and lyricist
Language English
Nationality English
Citizenship Great Britain
Subject Cricket, boat racing
Notable works Chambers' Journal, Ladies' Companion, National Magazine, Aylesbury News, Daily Telegraph

William Jeffrey Prowse, often known as Jeff Prowse[1][2][3] (6 May 1839 – 17 April 1870) was an English journalist, poet, humorist and lyricist. An only child born in Torquay, Devon, he resided with his uncle, shipbroker John Sparke Prowse in Greenwich, following the death of his father in 1844 when Prowse aged eight, and inherited from his mother Marianne Jeffrey - who "contributed to the annuals, and published a volume of poems" - her literary skills.[4] His mother would die in 1850.[4] Prowse, a "journalist of great brilliancy and power",[5] contributed to Chambers' Journal, Ladies' Companion, National Magazine and the Aylesbury News, before writing for the Daily Telegraph when covering the Oxford Cambridge boat races. Prowse was also noted for his affection for polar expeditions and cricket - and is known for his seven verse eulogy for Alfred Mynn.[6]

Prowse died in Nice on Easter Day, 17 April 1870.[7] Thomas Hay Sweet Escott called him "the last of the highly-gifted Bohemians of London."[3] The majority of his poems were published after his death in a volume entitled Nicholas Notes edited by Tom Hood,[5] and in 1890 the Nation remembered the work as "yet a delight to the few who recall its pleasant humour."[8]


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  2. ^ Diehl, Alice Mangold (2009). The True Story of My Life; An Autobiography by Alice M. Diehl, Novelist-Writer-Musician, with a Photogravure Portrait. General Books LLC. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-150-09676-1. 
  3. ^ a b Escott, Thomas Hay Sweet (2009-02-28). Politics and Letters. BiblioBazaar, LLC. p. 21. ISBN 978-1-103-38197-5. 
  4. ^ a b Ashfield, Andrew (1998). Romantic women poets, 1788-1848. Manchester University Press ND. p. 144. ISBN 978-0-7190-5293-4. 
  5. ^ a b Dalziel, George (2009). The Brothers Dalziel. READ BOOKS. p. 288. ISBN 978-1-4446-7291-6. 
  6. ^ Crabbe, George. George Crabbe to Edmund B.v. Christian. Taylor & Francis. p. 491. 
  7. ^ The literary world. James Clarke & Co. 1896. 
  8. ^ The Nation. The Nation Company. 1890. 


  • Major, John. More Than a Game: The Story of Cricket's Early Years. HarperCollins UK. ISBN 978-0-00-718365-4.