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Christopher Smart

SMART, Christopher. b. Shipbourne, near Maidstone, Kent, 11 April 1722; d. London, 20 May 1771. He was educated at Maidstone Grammar School to the age of 11, when his father died and he was sent to live with his uncle at Staindrop, County Durham. He continued his education at Durham School, and from 1739 at Pembroke College, Cambridge (BA, 1744). He won the prestigious Craven Scholarship in 1742, and was made a Fellow of Pembroke in 1745. His turbulent life there, and his predilection for London society, together with his financial incompetence, led to an arrest for debt, and he left Cambridge in 1749 to work as a poet and journalist in London. A serious illness led to an experience of...

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