Other literary forms

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

James Thomson wrote criticism, journalism, essays, and imaginative prose works from the early 1860’s through his last years, primarily for magazines dedicated to the Free Thought movement, including the London Investigator and National Reformer. His subjects were often literary, as in his essays on Walt Whitman and fellow atheist poet George Meredith. One selection of Thomson’s essays, Essays and Phantasies (1881), appeared in book form in the poet’s lifetime. Several posthumous volumes followed, including one volume of his translations.