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Alfred Austin
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Alfred Austin, by Langfier, 1900.
Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom
In office
1 January 1896 – 2 June 1913
Monarch Victoria

Edward VII

George V
Preceded by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Succeeded by Robert Bridges
Personal details
Born (1835-05-30)30 May 1835
Headingley, Yorkshire, England
Died 2 June 1913(1913-06-02) (aged 78)
Ashford, Kent, England
Nationality English
Occupation Poet, novelist, dramatist

Alfred Austin DL (30 May 1835 – 2 June 1913) was an English poet who was appointed Poet Laureate in 1896, after an interval following the death of Tennyson, when the other candidates had either caused controversy or refused the honour. It was claimed that he was being rewarded for his support for the Conservative leader Lord Salisbury in the General Election of 1895. Austin's poems are little-remembered today, his most popular work being prose idylls celebrating nature.

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