WILLIAMS, Alfred

WILLIAMS, Alfred Owen. South Marston near Swindon, Wiltshire 7.2.1877 — Ibid. 10.4.1930. “The Hammerman Poet”. British Poet interested in Sanskrit Literature. Son of a carpenter, who soon left his family in poverty. Self-taught, worked many years in railways. In World War I, already middle-aged, he served as a gunner in India, became interested in the country and taught himself Sanskrit. Married 1903, Mrs Williams died in May 1930.

Publications: translated: Tales from the Pañcatantra. 15+207 p. Oxford 1930.

Six volumes of poetry and dome prose books.

Sources: postscript to the Pañcatantra; Wikipedia.

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