Peacock, Thomas Love (17851866)

Peacock, Thomas Love, English novelist, born at Weymouth; was pretty much a self-taught scholar, and no mean one, as his literary activity over half a century abundantly showed; held a post in the India House, his predecessor being James Mill and his successor John Stuart Mill; was an intimate friend of Shelley and the father-in-law of George Meredith; he made his first literary appearance as a poet in two small volumes of poems, and his first novel was “Headlong Hall” as his latest was “Gryll Grange,” all of them written in a vein of conventional satire, and more conspicuous for wit than humour; Thackeray owed not a little to him, little as the generality did, he being “too learned for a shallow age” (17851866).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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