|POET, HUMORIST, JOURNALIST (ENGLAND)|
BORN 23 May 1799, London - DIED 3 May 1845, London|
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (074 PS (5449))
Son of a bookseller and publisher, Thomas hood was a writer of humorous works as well as serious poems. His "Miss Kilmansegg" appeared in the "New Monthly Magazine".
In 1837 he moved to Ostend in Belgium, where he prepared his publication "Hood's Own". "Hood's Own" appeared in 1838 and was an instant succes. His book "Up the Rhine" was also a great succes, but his financial situation had been precarious for years and was still far from good.
In 1841 he became the editor of New Monthly Magazine after Thomas Hook had died. Dickens and others praised him, but in 1843 he quarreled with the publisher and resigned. In 1844 he started "Hood's Monthly Magazine and Comic Miscellany" which was another succes, but quarreled with his publisher.
His "Song of the Shirt" is about the misery of sewing-girls in London and shows compassion for the poor. Charles Dickens was present at his funeral at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909