William Ernest Henley was born in Gloucester and was crippled from boyhood with tuberculosis. This necessitated his having a leg amputated in Edinburgh where he began writing his "In Hospital" poems.
He was a friend of Robert Louis Stevenson, with whom he was to write four plays. He held a number of literary posts in Scotland and England during his career as an editor.
His published poetical works include Book of Verses (1888), The Song of the Sword (1892), London Voluntaries (1893), For England's Sake (1900), and Hawthorn and Lavender (1901). His best known poem is Invictus, a deathbed affirmation of his atheism.
The Plays of W. E. Henley and R. L. Stevenson
William Ernest Henley