Lauren Leto

Serious Badass of the Month: Thomas Chatterton

Posted in book porn by Lauren Leto on January 3, 2010

Homeboy lied about his poems, saying that they were the creation of a 15th century monk named Thomas Rowley. Chatterton wrote his first poem as Rowley when he was around 12 years old. From that point, he kept the charade up (balls of steel).

Unfortunately, Thomas Chatterton is believed to have killed himself at age 17 with arsenic. Some say he might have been trying to treat a venereal disease with the arsenic, but homeslice was found surrounded by torn up pages of his writing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t dramatically tear up my writing without being pretty upset. (But maybe he was upset that the girl lovingly sucking his package turned out to be a ho).

BOTM score: 7 (out of 10).

He gained points for: being young, lying and serious talent despite shitty conditions growing up.

He lost points for: killing himself.

Read some Chatterton this month and pour white wine in the ground for him. (Doesn’t he seem like a white wine kind of guy? He’s a badass but his writing is for the white wine spritzer set).

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  1. Camillereads said, on January 3, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    I loved that I you wrote “homeboy” and “homeslice” in the post. I have become a fan because of those two words.

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