George Crabbe was born on Dec. 24, 1754, in Aldeburgh, a poor fishing village in Suffolk. His father, part owner of a fishing boat and a customs master, had had some education. Therefore when George proved to have no promise as a seaman, his father sent him to schools at Bungay and Stow Market.
In 1768 Crabbe was apprenticed to a surgeon. But this master taught him little, and in 1771 he changed masters and moved to Woodbridge. There he met his future wife, Sarah Elmy, who accepted his proposal and had the faith and patience not only to wait for Crabbe but to encourage his verse writing.
With Burke's aid Crabbe published three long poems: The Library (1781), The Village (1782), and The Newspaper (1785). The Village was much the best, the first example of Crabbe's special talent for telling with literal and compelling truth the often sordid stories of rural and village folk. In 1781 Crabbe took orders, and the following year he became the Duke of Rutland's chaplain.
In December 1783 Crabbe was at last able to marry. Although the duke died in 1787, Crabbe's life continued to be marked by happy domesticity and moderate advancement as a clergyman. A second period of publication, with much critical and some popular success, produced The Parish Register (1807), The Borough (1810), and Tales in Verse (1812), all in the vein of The Village. In 1813 his wife died, and in 1814 Crabbe moved to his last home and parish, in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Tales of the Hall, his last volume of poems, was published in 1817. Crabbe died on Feb. 3, 1832, in Trowbridge. This book includeas some of his poetry.
Condition book is in excellent condition - the jacket is rubbed and a little torn on the edges.