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William Johnson Cory
(English Poet)


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William Johnson Cory was an educator and poet, born at Torrington, and educated at Eton, where he was afterwards a renowned master, nicknamed Tute by his pupils. He was a brilliant writer of Latin verse. Although best known for Heraclitus his chief poetical work is Ionica, a collection showing a true lyrical gift.

Considered an exemplary school teacher, he strove to educate boys who might become future leaders, and numbered among his former students members of Parliament, cabinet ministers and several prime ministers. Despite his great gifts, he had to resign, aged nearly fifty, suspected of at least condoning homosexual activity.

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