Ernest Dowson

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Date of Birth August 2, 1867
Place of Birth England
Date of Death Feb 23, 1900 (32)
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Ernest Dowson

Ernest Christopher Dowson was an English poet, novelist, short-story writer, often associated with the Decadent movement.

Born: August 02, 1867, Lee, London, UK
Died: February 23, 1900, Catford, England, UK
Nationality: English
Alma mater: The Queen's College, Oxford
Occupation: Poet, novelist, and short-story writer

About Ernest Dowson

English Decadent poet, author, and translator known for such famous lines as "days of wine and roses." His published works include Dilemmas, Stories and Studies in Sentiment; The Pierrot of the Minute; Cyanara: A Book of Little Verse, and A Comedy of Masks.

Before Fame

His four-year-old sister attempted to drown him when he was two years old.


His poetry contained many quotable lines that were adopted as titles and/or alluded to in works by composer Cole Porter and playwright Eugene O'Neill, among others.

Family Life

He fell in love with Adelaide Foltinowicz when he was twenty-three and she was only eleven. She rejected his advances.


The title of Margaret Mitchell's famous novel Gone with the Wind was taken from the third stanza of an 1894 poem by Dowson.

Information related to Ernest Dowson

  • French–English translators
  • 19th-century English poets
  • Roman Catholic writers
  • Alumni of The Queen's College, Oxford
  • Converts to Roman Catholicism
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