Aphrodite with hair unbound
Her silver breasts adorning.
Her long, her soft, her streaming hair,
Falls on a silver breast laid bare
By the stir and swing of the sealit air
And the movement of the morning.
Born November 5, 1884, in London, James Elroy Flecker received his education at Uppingham and Trinity College, Oxford. He joined the Consular Service in 1908, was posted to Constantinople in 1910, and he married Helle Skiadaressi, a Greek. From 1911 to 1913 Flecker served as vice-consul at Beirut. Suffering from tuberculosis, he moved to Switzerland where he died January 3, 1915. Influenced both by his classical education and by his experiences in the Orient, he published five books of poetry, The Bridge of Fire (1908), Thirty-six Poems (1910), Forty-two Poems (1911), The Golden Journey to Samarkand (1913), and The Old Ships (1915). He also brought out a novel, The King of Alsander (1914), and two sucessful plays of his, Hassan (1922) and Don Juan (1925), came out posthumously.
The photograph of Flecker, taken in 1912 outside his house in Lebanon, comes from Geraldine Hodgson's The Life of James Elroy Flecker from Letters and Materials Provided by his Mother (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1925): frontispiece (PR 6011 L4Z69 Robarts Library).
Given name: James Elroy
Family name: Flecker
Birth date: 5 November 1884
Death date: 3 January 1915
father: William Herman Flecker
mother: Sarah Flecker
wife: Helle Flecker (from May 1911)
Dean Close School
Uppingham School: January 1901 to 1902
Trinity College, Oxford (B.A.): October 1902 to 1906
Cambridge: 1908 to 1910
Literary movement: French Parnassian school
Literary period: Georgian
Lewisham: 5 November 1884
Beirut: 1911 to 1913
Cause of death: Consumption
Buried at: Cheltenham
First RPO edition: 1999