William Ernest Henley Biography

Literary Critic, Editor, Poet (1849–1903)
William Ernest Henley was a British poet, critic and editor remembered chiefly for his poem "Invictus."


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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