Biography and History

Philip James Bailey was born April 22, 1816 in Nottingham, England. Although a noted poet and literary critic, Bailey’s education background was in law, which he studied at the University of Glasgow and in London. He never practiced law, but instead chose to pursue his childhood interest in poetry with the support of his father. He is best known for his first work: Festus: A Poem. His later works did not attract as much praise, but Bailey remained revered in the British literary circle. Bailey eventually retired to Nottingham, where he died on September 6, 1902 from influenza.

Source: From the finding aid for C0148