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William Ernest Henley was a British poet, critic and editor remembered chiefly for his poem "Invictus."
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After a disease forced the amputation of one foot and radical surgery on the other leg, William Ernest Henley began writing free-verse impressionistic poems about hospital life that established his poetic reputation, including “Invictus” (1875). He later edited several journals, including the Scots Observer
, which published the early work of Thomas Hardy
, George Bernard Shaw
, and Rudyard Kipling
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