William Money Hardinge

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William Money Hardinge (1854 – 1916) was an English poet and author.

The son of Dr Henry Hardinge of London, William received his education at Westminster and Oxford. During his time at Balliol College, Oxford, he gained a reputation as a romantic homosexual and aesthete, acquiring the nickname of the 'Balliol Bugger'. He had a controversial relationship with the essayist Walter Pater, for which he was sent down for nine months. In 1876, at the age of 21, he won the Newdigate Prize for his work Troy and recited his poem at the Sheldonian Theatre, June 21, 1876. In the 1880s he turned to writing novels with heterosexual romantic themes.[1][2]


  • Out of the Fog (1888)
  • The Willow-Garth (1886)
  • Eugenia: an Episode (1883)
  • Clifford Gray: A Romance of Modern Life (1881)
  • Chrysanthema: Gathered from the Greek Anthology (1878)


  1. Thirlwell, Angela (2003). William and Lucy: The Other Rossettis. Yale University Press. p. 248. ISBN 0-300-10200-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Rintoul, M. C. (1993). Dictionary of Real People and Places in Fiction. Taylor & Francis. p. 481. ISBN 0-415-05999-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>