Athelstane Ford

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Allen Upward (1863-1926) was a poet, lawyer, politician and teacher. His work was included in the first anthology of Imagist poetry, Des Imagistes, which was edited by Ezra Pound and published in 1914


. He was brought up as a member of the Plymouth Brethren and trained as a lawyer at the Royal University of Dublin. While living in Dublin, he wrote a pamphlet in favour of Irish Home Rule. Upward later worked for the British Foreign Office in Kenya as a judge. He wrote two books of poetry: Songs of Ziklag (1888) and Scented Leaves from a Chinese Jar (1913). He also published a translation Sayings of Confucious (1904) and a volume of autobiography, Some Personalities (1921). Upward wrote a number of now-forgotten novels: The Prince of Balkistan (1895), A Crown of Straw (1896), A Bride's Madness (1897), and The Accused Princess (1900). In 1908, Upward self-published a book which he apparently thought would be Nobel Prize material: The New Word. This book is today known as the first citation of the word "Scientology".

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