Matthew Arnold was an English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools. He was the son of Thomas Arnold, the famed headmaster of Rugby School, and brother to both Tom Arnold, literary professor, and William Delafield Arnold, novelist and colonial administrator. Matthew Arnold has been characterised as a sage writer, a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues.
Matthew Arnold was Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1857 to 1867.
s/o Dr. Thomas Arnold & Mary Penrose
June 1851 m. Frances Lucy Wightman, d/o Sir Wm Wightman - 6 children
Newdigate Prize for poetry (for a poem on Cromwell), while at Balliol College
liked cold weather, kept his rooms cold
swam the Bay of Spezia (where Shelley drowned)
tonedeaf; disliked Turner's paintings
friend of Browning, Thomas Huxley, Edmund Gosse, RL Stevenson
his pets feature in his poetry... Atossa (Persian cat), Matthias (canary), Geist (brown & black dachshund), Max (dachshund), Kaiser (collie/dachshund)
'Philistinism' and 'Sweetness and light' are attributed to him
died of heart failure while walking in Liverpool, waiting to see his daughter and her husband who were visiting from the USA
stated that he never wanted his biography written
buried at All Saints' Church in Laleham
his father was a friend of Wordsworth and Southey; and a noted educator and reformer (Thomas Arnold)
his namesake was his uncle, Rev. Matthew Arnold, who was Prof. at Royal Military College
John Kneble was his godfather
Mrs Humphrey Ward, his niece, was a novelist
his great-nephews were Aldous & Julian Huxley, noted novelists
died of heart failure while walking in Liverpool. He was waiting for his daughter, Lucy, who was visiting from the USA where she lived with her American husband.
buried in All Saints Church, Laleham
he stated that he never wanted his biography written