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LEIGHTON, William, poet, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 22 June, 1833. He received the degree of B. S. at Harvard in 1855, and engaged in the manufacture of glass. In 1868 he removed to Wheeling, West Virginia He is the author of "The Sons of Godwin," a tragedy (Philadelphia, 1876); "Change: the Whisper of the Sphinx," a philosophical poem (1878); "A Sketch of Shakespeare" (Wheeling, 1879); "Shakespeare's Dream, and other Poems " (Philadelphia, 1881); "The Subjection of Hamlet," an essay on the motives of thought and action in that tragedy (1882); and "The Price of the Present Paid by the Past," a poem that he delivered at the dedication of a soldiers' monument in Wheeling (printed privately, 1883).
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