Henley, William E.

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Henley, William E. Gender: M
Henley, William Ernest
born on 23 August 1849 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Gloucester, England, 51n53, 2w14
Timezone GMT h0w (is standard time)
Data source
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Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 00°33' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 10°05 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 03°56'

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William E. Henley


British writer, a poet, critic and dramatist prominent among the literary figures of his day. At age 12, Henley had T.B. of the bone and one leg was amputated below the knee. Though his education was periodically interrupted, he completed Oxford. At the age of 24, he went to Joseph Lister, who saved his other gangrenous foot. During his 20 months of treatment with Dr. Lister, he wrote his famed work, "Invictus." ("I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.")

Henley was married for 25 years with one daughter born in 1888, the same year as his first book of poems was published. He lived in acute poverty until age 50. His last book, "Hawthorne and Lavender" was published in 1901. Never hardy, his last few years were spent in semi-retirement.

While ailing in 1902, he fell while attempting to board a train that had begun to move. He never recovered and died suddenly on 7/11/1903.

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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1888 (Birth of daughter)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1901 ("Hawthorne and Lavender")
  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 1902 (Fell while boarding a moving train)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 11 July 1903 (Suddenly, age 53)
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Source Notes

Beatrice L. Redding in AA 9/1937 quotes the literary account of his birth, "in whose brazen call to curfew his first wails of wrath were whelmed." (In summer, 9:00 PM)


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Tuberculosis (Bone)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Legs (One leg amputated)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Fell while boarding a train)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (25 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One, lasting)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One daughter)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : On the edge (Acute poverty)
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet