Poet, playwright, literary critic and University Professor British born in Ashton-upon-Mersey on January 9, 1881 and died in London on October 27, 1938. Author of a brilliant essayist and literary production that progresses, with rigour and sensitivity, by the most varied genres, was one of the writers of the English at the beginning of the 20th century that remained faithful to the literary tradition of the Victorian period, and exerted a remarkable influence among their colleagues, both by his work of creation and his acute observations of theoretical.
Driven a pronounced scientific vocation in his early youth, Lascelles Abercrombie attended college of science at the University of Manchester, although it was soon devoted fully to literary writing. Under the obvious influence of the 19th century poet Robert Browning (1812-1889), began to frequent trade with the muses and became known as writer through a collection of poems entitled Interludes and Poems (1908), directorial debut, has been received with enthusiasm by critics and readers, putting highlight his tendency to conserve some of the thematic and formal models of the recent past, as, for example, the dialogue structure of some poetic compositions. Subsequently, his poetry was evolving toward philosophical contents of great metaphysical depth and sharp stylistic complexity, which resulted in a certain darkness to the average reader of his time. These difficulties, which included Lascelles Abercrombie in the Group of the so-called "Georgian Poets", remained patent in their following poetical deliveries, collected at the end of the 1920s in a poetry book titled Twelve idyls and other poems (twelve idylls and other poems, 1912).
In his role as dramatic author, Ashton-upon-Mersey writer won fame and literary prestige for some works so applauded by the audience of its time as Deborah (1913), and as held by the English theatre critics as The Sale of Saint Thomas (the sale of Saint Thomas, 1911). However, it is nowadays best known and valued for their brilliant contributions to the literary theory of the time, in some critical essays as relevant as Thomas Hardy (1912), Speculative dialogues (speculative dialogues, 1913) - work in the Abercrombie exposes some fundamental issues to understand his own conception of the poetic fact - Theory of Art (theory of art, 1922) - prolific collection of studies on contemporary aesthetics -, and Poetry, Its Music and Meaning (1932) - compendium of intense critical and theoretical work that greatly influenced much of creators and artists of his time.